Delivery drones come to Dubai. Kind of

28th February 2014

There’s been a lot of talk over the last couple of months about Amazon’s delivery drone concept and how it could revolutionize logistics and online purchasing in particular. But even Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos admits it is up to 5 years from seeing the light of day due to the multitude of regulations and lengthy approval process required to get such an idea off the ground (pun very much intended) in the United States.

Similarly, the government of Dubai announced at the Government Summit earlier this month that they are also testing delivery drones with the intention of using them for delivery of government documents such as ID’s amongst other things. With the city of Dubai presumably able to fast-track the testing process and waive certain regulations in its continued bid to brand itself as an innovation hub, could drone delivery become the norm in Dubai a lot sooner than we thought?

Posted by Rob in Drones, Dubai, Tech

Amazon Unveils Flying Delivery Drones

3rd December 2013

It might be up to 5 years away according to CEO Jeff Bezos, but that hasn’t stopped Amazon’s drone delivery prototype ‘Prime Air’ capturing the public’s imagination this week. The concept, which aims to make deliveries within urban areas in under 30 minutes, will most likely be reserved for premium deliveries but that hasn’t stopped it whetting commentators appetites.

Despite the multitude of government regulations and practicalities that will presumably have to be dealt with before Prime Air will be permitted to take to the skies in a commercial sense, it shows how serious Amazon are about continuing to disrupt the shopping experience and eroding the gap between bricks-and-mortar and online shopping.

Posted by Rob in Amazon, Drones, e-Commerce