If you recall earlier this year, Amazon announced that they were working on a new project, delivery by drone. Their “Prime Air” service has been in the works, but it’s still yet to get off the ground (all puns intended). There are plenty of rules and regulations they’ll have to work through to get things going, but for now the company is giving us another look at the project.
In a new video hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, former host of Top Gear, Amazon gives us a look at a new drone design they’ll be using to deliver packages when Prime Air goes public.
In the video Clarkson details several new perks of this design. The most notable is the vertical take off and landing capabilities. This drone can take off from the warehouse vertically, then use a horizontal system to fly at up to 55mph to it’s destination. Once there, it lands vertically.
The video also shows off how these drones will avoid objects while in the sky including buildings, poles, and even birds. There also appears to be a mat of some sort that users will be able to place on their property to designate a specific landing zone for Amazon’s drones.
One of the downsides of this design is that it seems they can only go a distance of 15 miles, but that may be primarily due to regulations more than anything else. Amazon doesn’t mention how big these drones are, but based on this video, it’s pretty big.
We still don’t know when Prime Air will be available or where, but with each new bit of information Amazon gets us excited more and more. Are you excited to start receiving packages via Prime Air? Let us know in the comments!