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Amazon to Test Drone Deliveries in UK

By piranha

26th July 2016

Multibillion pound online marketplace Amazon have gained approval from the government to start testing drone deliveries in the UK.

The programme will be fully funded by the company itself and will use hundreds of robotic drones to get orders safely from their warehouse to your front doorstep.

Amazon has said that the trials are taking place in the UK as it flexible when it comes to rules and regulations. However, these will need to be drawn up if the testing proves successful to ensure that the business investing in this service, as well as the customer and people living in the UK, are protected.

At the moment, they are testing several different systems to find the one that works best. So far they have found that a drone made from part helicopter and part airplane is proving the most successful at delivering packages.

This particular drone can travel up to 50 miles per hour for 10 miles and can reach a maximum height of approximately 350 feet.

Once it has reached its destination, it will decline vertically before a landing on a special mat, which will need to be purchased by the customer beforehand. The great thing about this is that you could even have the parcel delivered to your garden when you are out, providing that you know it isn’t going to rain!

The reason that the government are working so closely with Amazon in this project is that they want to encourage businesses to invest in new and innovative technologies while also convincing them that it is safe to use and will not violate your privacy.

In the future, Amazon hopes that the new delivery system will get parcels to customers within 30 minutes of ordering, rather than having to wait days or even weeks to receive their item.
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