Drones have come a long way from being just automatic, remotely controlled killing machines. Not very long ago, the search giant Google tested drones for deliveries via drones and has tested successfully. This idea of transporting packages through the air via an unmanned flying robot in a matter of hours has become notably rampant.
Amazon, the online retailer, is purportedly ready to test deliveries by drones in India – a country where regulations on the autonomous unmanned robots are lesser.
According to reports by the Economic Times, the e-retailer will launch the said service in Bangalore and Mumbai – cities where Amazon has its warehouses. Amazon made its drone delivery debut last December, the “Prime Air,” displaying its abilities to deliver packages without requiring traditional shipping routes – and quickly as well, to top it all.
The said conception, however, reached a standstill in the U.S. market because drones in the U.S. market need federal approval – regardless of their commercial agenda. A bunch of agencies, in the U.S., are in charge of overseeing drones.
While the Federal Aviation Authority supervises the airspace, the Federal Communications Commission is in charge of reviewing the communication frequencies that are required to guide the unmanned robots. The privacy guidelines are developed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Much less acquaintance with the autonomous aircrafts has India, and while Amazon has been petitioning the U.S. regulators for a relaxation in the rules, it has to face little contradiction and little governmental regulations in India. Diwali, a festival which is tantamount to an Eid day for the Hindus is the event Amazon has in mind to launch the service in.
The chosen time is a genius decision, as Diwali is accompanied by a major shopping holiday in the country and will most probably prove industrious for Amazon. More important is a successful drone delivery and the corresponding major publicity draw for Amazon as it has been at loggerheads with its online rival Flipkart for supremacy in the Indian market.
With set designs and a rivalry in motion, Amazon had started working – according to the people acquainted with the said matter, the company is all set in developing a drones that would be capable of carrying packages up to 2.26 kilograms, roughly five pounds. 90 minutes to 3 hours – that is the said time to deliver products such as books and mobiles. If it remains successful, the country’s online stores would definitely be one of the very first benefiters of the technology.