Forget UPS or FedEx, your next package may be arriving via Amazon drones.
In fact, Amazon drones may be closer than we all thought.
In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, Amazon’s VP of global public policy revealed that the company is on its seventh and eight generation Amazon drones and that it has been conducting private research indoors in Seattle.
The letter asks the FAA special permission so Amazon can begin testing the technology outdoors in Seattle.
(Read: Amazon’s letter to the FAA for yourself.)
So get ready if you live in Seattle, up in the sky it may not be a bird or a plane or even Superman… but Amazon drones!
“We are rapidly experimenting and iterating on Prime Air inside our next generation research and development lab in Seattle,” writes Paul Misener, the Vice President, Global Public Policy for Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) in that letter.
Jeff Bezos, chief executive at Amazon, has said he wants to use droves to deliver packages in 30-minutes or less as part of a program called Prime Air.
He wants these Amazon drones to be able to fly 50 miles per hour.
Last year, the U.S. government created six areas where companies, universities and others can test drones: Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas, and Virginia.
But because Bezos wants Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered, to test Amazon drones it needs the special permission.
Delivering packages by drones will one day be “as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today,” Amazon said in the July 9 letter.