Though the vice president of Amazon, Paul Misener, knows much about the delivery drones, he hardly knows about its pricing scheme for its Prime Air service. He explained how it will work and how Amazon plans to solve the issues it’s facing. The executives of the company confirmed earlier reports that the online retailer is developing different types of UAVs for different locations.
The drone it gets to dry areas will be different from the one for wet, rainy locales. The machine used for suburban environments will also differ from the one meant to navigate high-rise buildings in cities. The developers are still working on a way to deliver to people living in apartment buildings. Those with houses can expect to see UAVs landing in their yards within 30 minutes of ordering. Though the models are different, they’re all being designed to be as quiet as possible to avoid excessive noise when Prime Air becomes the preferred method of delivery among customers.
Misener said, ‘There’s no reason why the United States must be first. We hope it is.’
Amazon seems to be doing well when it comes to the UAVs’ development but the regulatory hurdles it’s facing are a different story. The e-retailer already talked with both the FAA and NASA about its plans to fly its machines between 200 and 400 feet, and he believes the two organizations welcome the thinking that has gone into it. In case the drones are ready before the regulations are, though, then Amazon might launch Prime Air elsewhere.
The company is hoping that people will get tired of shooting at its drones once the novelty loses its effectiveness.