However, the drone can also shift to an airplane mode once it is in the air for efficient, aerodynamic flight. Furthermore, artificial intelligence (AI) technology enables the drone to independently react to changes in its flight environment. Amazon intends the new drones to fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes.
“This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world,” David Carbon, VP of Prime Air, said in a statement. “We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace, and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize our vision of 30-minute delivery.”