Amazons New Delivery Drone

Amazon’s New Delivery Drone

Amazon, earlier this week,  unveiled its latest  prototype of drones that will deploy as part of its Prime Air service. The drone is able to deliver packages in under 30 minutes.

A video featuring former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson showed an Amazon quad-copter drone flying to the rescue with new girl's soccer shoes to replace ones chewed to pieces by a family dog shortly before a match was due to begin.

Amazon says the drones weigh 55 pounds and can carry packages weighing up to 5 pounds. The drones fly under 400 feet and use "sense and avoid" technology to dodge potential obstacles en route to its delivery destination.

"We are testing many different vehicle designs and delivery mechanisms to discover how best to deliver packages in a variety of environments," reads a statement from Amazon. "We have more than a dozen prototypes that we’ve developed in our research and development labs. The look and characteristics of the vehicles will evolve over time."

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