After one drone set off a fire, Amazon’s flying delivery service was delayed.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the CEO. He has spoken out about his vision of creating a fleet to deliver Prime packages in just 30 minutes.
Amazon, however, is not ready to launch its planned delivery system, even though it has spent more than $2 billion.
Actually, BloombergThe service is plagued both by technical issues and safety concerns, according to an investigation.
A drone has also been involved in testing crashes and caused a brush fire of 25 acres.
According to reports, Amazon’s Oregon testing site was hit by five delivery drones last year. One of these drones set fire to the other.
The motor of the drone that malfunctioned in mid-air caused it to shut down.
It then turned upside down, plummeted approximately 160 feet to ground, igniting a fire that was put out by the local firefighters.
However, it is possible for experimental aircrafts to fail, but some Amazon employees said that they were taking precautions. “unnecessary risks”To get the program running.
“With rigorous testing like this, we expect these types of events to occur, and we apply the learnings from each flight towards improving safety,”Amazon spokesperson Av Zammit stated in an email statement.
“No one has ever been injured or harmed as a result of these flights, and each test is done in compliance with all applicable regulations.”
Bloomberg reported that Amazon plans to continue testing in the next months, despite the setbacks and risks.
The company has set a goal to conduct 12,000 tests by 2022.
However, less 200 projects had been completed by February’s end.
Amazon is also looking to expand its testing facilities in College Station, Texas and Lockeford (California) this year.
Most recently, Alphabet Inc.’s Google Wing kicked off its own drone testing program.
Similarly, Walmart and United Parcel Service (UPS) are developing their own drone delivery systems.
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