Watch: Amazon completes first commercial drone delivery

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The company also shared a video showing the delivery process.


World’s largest online retailer Amazon on Wednesday said that the company completed its first drone-powered delivery, a major milestone in which the global online giant hopes will become a trend in automated shipments by air.

In a tweet, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced the delivery to a customer near Cambridge, England.

“First-ever #AmazonPrimeAir customer delivery is in the books. 13 min – click to delivery,” Bezos wrote of the December 7 order.

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The announcement comes about three years after the company first announced its plans to airlift small parcels to customers by specially-programmed drones.

The company also shared a video showing the delivery process – with a quad copter drone delivering an Amazon Fire TV box and a bag of popcorn to a customer named Richard B.

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In the video, Amazon noted that it is working with two customers receiving drone deliveries in the Cambridge area and soon hoped to expand to “dozens” near its warehouse.

Amazon is conducting its commercial drone tests in the UK because of stringent flight regulations in the United States. In UK, the company has the freedom to operate drones beyond the line of sight and more than one at a particular instant of time.

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Apart from Amazon, Google’s parent company Alphabet has also working on deliveries in a project named as Wing. According to some reports Wal-Mart is also studying about drone deliveries.