Amazon Will Pilot Drone Delivery in California This Year
The number of packages people order—and the number of people ordering packages—isn’t likely to go down anytime in the foreseeable future, and companies are working on ways to get those packages delivered quickly and cheaply. Too many delivery trucks cause traffic and congestion; you’ve doubtless seen the Amazon, FedEx, or UPS trucks take over loading zones on your block for an annoyingly long time (I sure have).
All sorts of wacky solutions have been proposed for better package delivery, from an underground “hyperloop” network of pipes to swarms of last-mile robots dispatched from mothership vans.
Let’s not forget ever-elusive delivery drones. The widespread assumption was that Amazon would be the first to have its packages take to the skies, but as it turned out, Walmart beat them to the punch, piloting drone delivery in North Carolina in 2020.
Now Amazon’s catching up. The company announced this week that it’s starting drone delivery service in…