Amazon’s “Prime Air” drones might still seem like something out of a science fiction novel, but Amazon really sees them as the future of delivery. In a recent interview with Yahoo Tech, Amazon’s vice president for global public policy, Paul Misener, provided exciting new insight into the flying delivery machines.
The most exciting takeaway, we found, is that Misener and Amazon strongly believe that Prime Air drones are going to soon be “as normal as seeing a delivery truck driving down the street.” In other words, our kids might not even understand how exciting (or scary) it is that these drones are buzzing down our neighborhood streets, weaving through buildings and houses, dropping off packages in our front yards.
Misener said delivery pricing hasn’t been decided, but expects that the 55-pound drones will be able to fly about 10 miles carrying payloads up to 5 lbs, cruising at heights of 200 feet to 400 feet. The short travel distance will mean Amazon will need to have plenty of fulfillment centers. Delivery time should take only about 30 minutes from the time a customer places his or her order through Amazon.
Another interesting tidbit: Amazon is considering using different drones depending on the environment where they’re making deliveries. One drone type might be used in a city, for example, while another might be used in a rural area.
Amazon still needs to get regulatory approval, however, and Misener told Yahoo Tech that the current regulatory issues “are difficult.” “Once we demonstrate the safety of the system, we believe that the regulations will quickly follow.” And after that, it sounds like Amazon Prime Air will be ready for the skies sooner than later.