“First-ever Amazon Prime Air customer delivery is in the books, 13 min – click to delivery,” Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said in a tweet announcing the first drone delivery to an actual customer by the Amazon Prime Air service.
Also, important to note that the drone delivery was done without a human pilot and it took 13 minutes from the order being placed by a customer (he ordered a Fire TV device and popcorn) to delivery. The delivery took place in England’s countryside on 07 December 2016 around Cambridge. Also important to note is that this specific area is authorised by UK aviation authorities for drone test flights.
Amazon has built Prime Air development centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria and Israel, and they are are testing the vehicles in multiple international locations.
It’s an exciting new development. Through this private customer trial, we will gather data to continue improving the safety and reliability of our systems and operations, bringing us one step closer to realizing this amazing innovation for all our customers.Amazon
Amazon released a video to show the actual delivery taking place. The Amazon Prime Air quad-copter drone can be seen floating English countryside farm fields before landing on some grass drop to off the package as the customer Richard B. makes his way to collect the delivery.
Commendable feet by Amazon, but Rwanda takes the bragging rights on drone deliveries as they were first to do medical supplies drone deliveries earlier in 2016.