Amazon's drone service has been in the works for years, and in 2013 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said drones would be flying to customers' homes within five years - but that deadline passed due to regulatory hurdles.
Amazon has a new version of its Prime Air delivery drone, and it just unveiled it at the company's re:MARS 2019 conference. The solution results in "safe, predictable behavior in every situation", said Wilke, and demonstrated how the drone could detect people, dogs, and even a slender clothesline from the air.
Amazon said it expects to deliver packages to consumers via drone "within months".
The company conducted its first test of drone deliveries in 2016 in Britain.
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"Our newest drone design includes advances in efficiency, stability and, most importantly, in safety", the company said in a blog post, which also includes a video of the drone in action. Likewise, Amazon said it plans to use its "world-class fulfillment and delivery network" to scale up Prime Air and make deliveries using the drone within months.
"It's efficient and aerodynamic - like an airplane. It also easily transitions between these two modes, from vertical-mode to airplane mode, and back to vertical mode". The company says this makes it more stable and capable of safely operating under gusty wind conditions.
Amazon.com on Wednesday introduced StyleSnap, a feature on its app that allows users to upload a picture of a look or style they like and get recommendations for similar items on the platform. It is also hiring more drivers and offering employees an opportunity to launch their own delivery enterprise with a subsidy from Amazon. But Wilke said that no one inside Amazon shares seller data to create new products and said that its private-label brand business accounts for less than 1% of sales.