NEW YORK (TheStreet) –– Amazon (AMZN) is intent on making delivery by drone a reality, as it battles with the Federal Aviation Administration, asking the government agency if it can start testing outside designated areas.
Amazon sent a letter to the FAA earlier this week, noting that the Seattle-based company wants to test drones near its R&D center. Currently, the FAA only has six sites for testing drones in the United States, but Amazon wants to go above and beyond that.
In the letter, Amazon Vice President of Global Public Policy Paul Misener notes that the new deliver system would get packages to customer "in 30 minutes or less," and that customers will see the benefits of it. "We believe customers will love it, and we are committed to making Prime Air available to customers worldwide as soon as we are permitted to do so," Misener wrote in the letter.
Since the drone program was first announced in December 2013 on CBS (CBS) 60 Minutes program, Amazon has made advancements on the Prime Air program, including:
- "Testing a range of capabilities for our eighth- and ninth-generation aerial vehicles, including agility, flight duration, redundancy, and sense-and-avoid sensors and algorithms;
- Developing aerial vehicles that travel over 50 miles per hour, and will carry 5- pound payloads, which cover 86% of products sold on Amazon; and Attracting a growing team of world-renowned roboticists, scientists, aeronautical engineers, remote sensing experts, and a former NASA astronaut."
"I know this looks like science fiction," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said during the 60 Minutes interview with Charlie Rose, as he unveiled the automated delivery drones. "It's not."