Not a new story per se, however, the first commercial delivery by drone from Amazon has happened. PR stunt? Well yes and no. Obviously such logistical solutions are not going to be commercially, technically or legally viable at a mass level for some time. In truth, the legal point is probably the biggest factor. While the FAA and CAA are starting to address the drone trend, wide spread commercial urban adoption is a long way off. More remote and lower population density application services do feel more achievable in the near term and the general trend of autonomous vehicles is one that is increasingly coming up in our conversations with investors and corporates alike.
Amazon has kicked off a private trial of its highly anticipated drone delivery program. For now, there are only two U.K. customers in the program. Amazon said it would expand to dozens of customers near its British facility in the coming months and later grow to hundreds.....A week ago in Cambridge, Amazon used one of its autonomous drones for its first delivery, an Amazon Fire TV and a bag of popcorn. Amazon said it took 13 minutes from the customer clicking "order," to the package being delivered. There's broad interest in the tech world in using drones to make delivery fast and efficient. Earlier this year Google delivered burritos at Virginia Tech. It has reportedly talked to Starbucks about delivering with drones. And Domino's has delivered pizzas in New Zealand via a drone.