Amazon has just announced that they are going to test drones for three key areas in the UK for that after agreement amazon has made a partnership agreement with UK government and the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Testing will be done in three core areas which are first Operations outside line-of-sight in rural areas of UK, second testing will be done in sensor testing for hazard avoidance and third for a one-person operation of multiple drones.
This morning Amazon’s Amazon’s Vice President of Global Innovation Policy and Communications Paul Misener gave his statement to media about this partnership saying that
“Using small drones for the delivery of parcels will improve customer experience, create new jobs in a rapidly growing industry, and pioneer new sustainable delivery methods to meet future demand. “The UK is charting a path forward for drone technology that will benefit consumers, industry, and society.”
Spokeswoman of Amazon said for these test in UK top priority of the trial operation would be safety and security.
“We’re not going to launch until we can demonstrate safety, and that’s what this program is going to do”
She further said that they are focusing on innovation and technology development for that they hope to integrate more advanced and innovative drones into the Aviation system.
“We want to enable the innovation that arises from the development of drone technology by safely integrating drones into the overall aviation system”
Civil Aviation Authority policy director Tim Johnson said those tests are important for policy and further research. Talking to media he said.
“These tests by Amazon will help inform our policy and future approach.”
Delivery of Amazon products in the UK has just reached a whole new level with their latest development: drone service for small packages. This is the first time that such a venture has been explored in the country and they are partnering with the British government to do this endeavor. Around 9 out of 10 of the sales in Amazon involves parcels that are under 5 lbs or 2.3 kilograms. These are the target items for this maiden drone delivery system.
The public unveiling of this new development came after announcing an inter-government group that was granted the go signal by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to investigate three things: management of in-flight obstacles, simultaneous flights manned by a single drone operator, and activities that can be done within and beyond the line of sight. They also need to make sure that they do not disturb other airspace occupants and will be limited to the 400 ft altitudes far from airport flight routes.
A similar effort is also being tested by Amazon for the US but the US Federal Aviation Administration has more limitations for their operation including payload weight restrictions of 55 lbs, exclusive daylight flights, a constant pilot like of sight, and individual pilots per drone for commercial drones. Aside from Amazon, Google is also testing drone systems in the US with a recently released fixed drone system design.
Last year in amazon for the first time drones by amazons were showed that they developed for in-house deliveries of products within 15 miles. From that time they were trying to test these in the UK. Now that have got the ok signal from UK government let’s hope to listen to some good news about this partnership.