Amazon To Start Drone Deliveries In Chosen Countries Soon

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By the end of this year, customers in the USA and some advanced could receive Amazon orders delivered by a drone.

Amazon's head of consumer business Jeff Wilke said the feature was meant to help shoppers find styles and clothes they could not describe in words, and it used brand, price range and customer reviews to connect the user to the consumer database of the uploaded photo.

But when the drone comes into land at a customer's address, it will use computer vision techniques Amazon claimed to have invented, to avoid things like clotheslines and telephone wires. But Wilke said that no one inside Amazon shares seller data to create new products and said that its private-label brand business accounts for less than 1% of sales.

Amazon.com Inc has new drones that will deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less in the coming months, a step toward a goal that has eluded the retailer for years. "It also easily transitions between these two modes - from vertical-mode to airplane mode, and back to vertical mode", informed Wilke.

Shoppers "struggle to find styles they can't describe in words", Jeff Wilke, Amazon's CEO of consumer business, said while introducing the service at the company's "re:MARS" conference on artificial intelligence in Las Vegas.

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Wilke said Wednesday that Amazon has invested to make its delivery drones safer and more efficient. These drones are part of the company's Prime Air program which the company has been testing in multiple worldwide locations through its development centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, France and Israel.

The YouTube footage of the machine shows the Amazon unmanned aircraft doing vertical takeoffs and landings, like a chopper, before shifting into airplane mode. "This certificate is valid for one year and is eligible for renewal", the FAA added.

"We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if they know the system is incredibly safe", he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration told PCMag it's so far only given Amazon a special certificate to operate the drones for research and development purposes in certain authorized flight areas. It's even smart enough to detect wires/cables in a person's backyard.

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