For several years, Amazon has been promoting and planning the drone delivery option for customers in the United States; finally, in a recent blog post, they stated that they will conduct the first public delivery in the country later this year, and they chose Lockeford California customers to experience the “Prime Air Delivery.”
California State Assemblyman Heath Flora stated:
“Lockeford residents will soon have access to one of the world’s leading delivery innovations,”
Amazon also added that :
”Lockeford residents will play an important role in defining the future. Their feedback about Prime Air, with drones delivering packages in their backyards, will help us create a service that will safely scale to meet the needs of customers everywhere—while adding another innovation milestone to the town’s aviation history.”
One of the reasons they chose Lockeford was its connection to aviation history, since one of its former residents, Weldon B. Cooke, designed and piloted early planes in the 1900s.
The drones will be able to fly beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) and will be programmed to deliver packages to customers’ backyards in Lockeford, a town of roughly 4,000 people.
The company is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local authorities in Lockeford to get approval to make these deliveries available in the community.