Amazon might still be struggling to get a nod from US authorities for its drone delivery service but if an ET report is to be believed, the online retail giant could start the service in India first. According to the report, Amazon could use India as a launchpad to try delivering orders using drones under its Amazon Prime Air project. The trials could begin in Bangalore and Mumbai as soon as Diwali, the report claims.
These drones will be able to carry a package up to 2.3kgs in weight and the company’s goal is to deliver it to the destination in under 30 minutes. The drones are essentially Octocopters or 8-rotor helicopters which will sit at the end of the conveyor belt waiting to pick up the package.
The drones can fly at a speed of up to 80kmph and the weight limit covers 86 percent of products sold on Amazon. However, there are multiple challenges at the moment about how the service would work. Regulatory clearances aside, Amazon will have to also ensure the safety of both the package as well as everything else in its flight path.
When Amazon Prime Air was announced last year, even Amazon had hoped for a commercial launch sometime in 2015. We spoke to our sources at Amazon India, who refuted the claim and indicated it is unlikely that Amazon India would launch Amazon Prime Air in India so soon.
Here’s a demo of how Amazon Prime Air might work in the future.