One knows about drones that kill, drones that monitor, drones that record, now the same one can receive products ordered online delivered just minutes later by a flying drone. On December 14, 2016, giant online seller Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted a pic of such a drone and wrote “First-ever #AmazonPrimeAir customer delivery is in the books. 13 minutes, click to delivery.”
A video shared by Amazon showed the whole process that took place in the UK from packaging to the drone’s getting loaded, taking off and finally landing on destination. Although the drone delivery process still has many hurdles to pass in order to abide by the strict air regulations and become a viable addition to a business like Amazon, this much-publicized delivery could signal a new era for online shopping.
A similar experiment – actually the world’s real “first-ever” – is being successfully led by the French group Chronopost using a DPDgroup drone which is authorized to deliver up to 3 kg once a week in a 15-km air corridor in southern France.