In an interview with Yahoo News, Amazon has revealed a little more about its forthcoming drone-based delivery system. Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global public policy, said that the company has very specific targets for “Prime Air.
“So Prime Air is a future delivery service that will get packages to customers within 30 minutes of them ordering it online at Amazon.com,” he told Yahoo News. “The goals we’ve set for ourselves are: The range has to be over 10 miles. These things will weigh about 55 pounds each, but they’ll be able to deliver parcels that weigh up to five pounds. It turns out that the vast majority of the things we sell at Amazon weigh less than five pounds.”
Misener gave no indication about when or where Prime Air would be first deployed—in the US, the FAA would first have to approve commercial drone use. Similarly, in the UK, Amazon would still need approval from the Civil Aviation Authority.
“Challenges are there, for sure, but once we demonstrate that this is safe, we’ll be able to take it to the regulators and hopefully deploy it for our customers quickly,” Misener concluded. “I’ve seen it. It’s gonna happen. It’s coming.”