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Amazon plans to start drone delivery in California this year

Amazon plans to start delivering some packages with drones to homes in some Northern California communities this year, the company said Monday.

Residents of the San Joaquin County farming towns of Lockeford and Acampo, as well as parts of Lodi, will be able to order “thousands of everyday items” online and expect a drone to drop them off in their backyards in less than an hour, he said. Av Zammit. , to the Amazon spokesperson.

Amazon Prime Air drones can carry packages weighing 5 pounds or less, such as beauty and cosmetic items, office and tech supplies, batteries and household items, and will typically be the size of a large shoebox, Zammit said. .

The company is building a facility in Lockeford from which the drones will be launched.

Although Amazon Prime Air received certification for commercial air cargo in 2020, it is still seeking approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and county officials for its plans in San Joaquin County.

Since CEO Jeff Bezos appeared on a “60 Minutes” segment in 2013 to announce the e-commerce giant’s aspirations to deliver packages by air within four to five years, the company has gone through several drone prototypes. , each of which does not make it to public release.

With mega-warehouses and truck traffic adding to pollution in places like the Inland Empire, drone deliveries have been cited as a way to reduce carbon emissions.

Last year, Business Insider reported that At least eight Amazon drones crashed during testing; Last summer in Oregon, a drone fell 160 feet and crashed, starting a wildfire, after its motor failed.

Amazon’s latest model is a hexagonal propeller-driven plane with a “sense and avoidance system,” which uses an algorithm to avoid colliding with other planes, smokestacks, people and other potential obstacles, the company said.

Customers will need to identify a suitable landing area with an Amazon employee. There, the client will drop a marker, similar to a QR code. The drone will drop to about two or three meters above the ground, drop the package and fly away.

The FAA has required human observers to monitor Amazon drones from takeoff until they are beyond sight. Amazon plans to request the removal of the security precaution.

“Part of it is that you learn as you go,” Zammit said.

Raja Sengupta, a professor of transportation engineering at UC Berkeley who has worked with drones for nearly 30 years, said autonomous drone technology is advanced enough for Amazon Prime Air to work. But given Amazon’s history of testing problems, Sengupta expressed skepticism about factors like bad weather and moving obstacles like a dog or cat.

“It’s one thing to do it in a university or in trials, it’s another thing to do it as a repeatable, sustainable product,” Sengupta said.

Amazon’s decision to lower the drone to make deliveries also raised concerns for Sengupta. Competing drones, such as those from the Alphabet Wing subsidiary or manna in Ireland, lower packages with a strap, while the drone hovers higher.

“All of that is more difficult than what the rest of the industry is doing,” Sengupta said.

Amazon plans to expand drone deliveries to more densely populated metropolitan areas, like Los Angeles.

With a population of about 3,500 people, horse and cattle ranches, orchards and vineyards, lots of open land and low-density housing, Lockeford made more sense as a first step, Zammit said.

Rindy Crawford, manager of Ace Hardware in Lockeford, was surprised that Amazon had chosen the rural location to implement its drone deliveries.

“We have a grocery store, two gas stations and some kind of hardware store, it’s not like we’re Stockton or Lodi or the Bay Area,” Crawford said.

He worried that the show would displace delivery people.

“You miss that human connection, that one-on-one,” he said.

Amazon said it would solicit community feedback and offer jobs at its new facility.

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