“This certification is a significant milestone for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will someday deliver packages to our customers around the world.” Amazon vice president David Carbon said in a statement.
Amazon is not the first drone operator to receive FAA approval. Wing and UPS, a subsidiary of Alphabet, are also performing FAA approved testing. In Virginia, Wing provides over-the-counter medications, snacks and gifts on behalf of FedEx, Walgreens and a local retailer. UPS delivers prescriptions for CVS in North Carolina.
Amazon has openly discussed its drone delivery ambitions for years, but the pandemic can serve as an additional push for the business. Amazon has seen a massive surge in online sales in recent months – enough to double its profits in the last quarter. He hired more than 100,000 additional workers, but it seems that the delivery of orders by flight and rolling delivery bots may be part of its plan to meet the additional demand.