Amazon will begin delivering packages by drone to the people of College Station, Texas, later this year.
This is the company’s second location in the United States for its Prime Air delivery service, and it is the latest in a week-long rollout of the technology.
In June, Amazon revealed intentions to begin drone deliveries in Lockeford, California, near Sacramento.
With the launch of Prime Air in 2013, Amazon helped to kickstart the drone delivery concept.
However, other problems including safety, governmental permission, autonomous navigation, adverse weather, expense, and finding a proper way to hand off parcels hampered the technology’s delivery.
Now, drone delivery is making progress, with Amazon offering one-hour delivery timeframes for thousands of items in its warehouses and various options from drone delivery competitors.
Zipline revealed medical package delivery efforts in Tacoma, Washington, this week, and Alphabet’s Wing unveiled new drone designs for larger and smaller parcels.
Walmart also hopes to deliver products via drone in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Utah, and Virginia with partner DroneUp for a $4 delivery charge.
UPS, Flytrex, Manna, and more companies send packages all around the world.
Amazon has chosen hexagonal drones that take off vertically after testing other types.
They tilt in flight, converting some of the hexagonal frame’s struts into wings that create lift and enhance range.
They fly 400 feet above the land at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, carrying parcels weighing up to 5 pounds.
Amazon’s drones have a range of 15 kilometers which is about 9 miles.
Amazon’s operations have been licensed by the US Federal Aviation Administration, but the company is working with the FAA and local authorities to manage its Lockeford and College Station initiatives.
People who are concerned about safety, privacy, and noise may be put off by delivery drones.
To address such worries, Amazon has been talking to local residents and preparing events to gather input and show them what’s in store.