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.
It’s a “Hybrid” Drone
The new prototype has eight propellers and is capable of taking off and landing vertically, similar to a helicopter. Once it reaches altitude, wings and a “pusher motor” allow it to fly more efficiently.
Location is Key
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 an area without any interference from pets, kids, or other natural obstructions.
Delivery Will Be Faster Than Ever
Actual flight footage from the video shows the drone 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. In the video, it’s clear that the drone is substantially larger than the shoebox-sized package it carries.
It’s a Prototype
This exact drone won’t be the same one that lands in your yard. Amazon has over a dozen different models in the works, and the characteristics will definitely change by the time the project is finalized.