In 2013, Amazon announced plans to begin delivering packages via drone. Amazon drone delivery footage from their newest ad offers new insights into the service.
Over two years later, new drone delivery video showcases a new prototype of one of the delivery drones. Matt McFarland of The Washington Post shares a few details worth noting in the new ad.
It’s a “Hybrid” Drone
The new prototype has eight propellers and has the capability to take off and land vertically, similar to a helicopter. Once it reaches the minimum altitude, wings and a “pusher motor” allow it to fly more efficiently.
Landing Location is Critical
The video shows the drone landing in a “delivery zone” situated in a customer’s backyard. Amazon will need to ensure that each drone can safely land in a specified area without any interference from pets, kids, or other natural obstructions.
Drone Delivery Will Be Faster Than Ever
Actual flight footage from the video shows the drone prototype flying at a maximum of 58 mph.
It’s a Big Drone
Amazon has indicated that the drones will weigh less than 55 pounds, but they haven’t specified an exact size yet. In the video, it’s clear that the drone is substantially larger than the shoebox-sized package it is seen carrying.
It’s Only a Prototype
The drone from the video footage won’t be the exact one that lands in your yard and delivers your packages. Amazon has over a dozen different drone models in the works, and the characteristics will definitely change by the time the project is finalized and executed.