The future of shopping is another step closer with the unveiling of Amazon‘s latest delivery drone.
The new prototype presented by Jeremy Clarkson forms part of the company’s Amazon Prime Air delivery service which is currently in its testing phase. Once proven, the delivery drone will be able to fly up to 24km at an altitude of 120 metres with a payload. The purpose of the delivery service is to skip road traffic and have items delivered to customers within 30 minutes. To achieve this level of performance the drone features a hybrid design between a fixed wing plane and a quadcopter.
So far things are looking good with the drone’s ability to take off vertically like a helicopter and drive forward with tail mounted propellers. It weighs 25kg and can carry products such as shoes within its centrally mounted storage cavity.
The website states that Amazon “are testing many different vehicle designs and delivery mechanisms to discover how best to deliver packages in a variety of environments.”
“We have more than a dozen prototypes that we’ve developed in our research and development labs.”
It doesn’t have a name just yet but it’s only a matter of time before Amazon take on the likes of Google and Walmart who are both working on their own drone programs. For now, Amazon says that they will not be launching Prime Air until they can guarantee its safe operation.