Amazon's drone delivery service, Prime Air, is expanding to the UK and Italy by the end of 2024. The service has already been successful in the US, and it plans to use existing distribution centers, eliminating the need for special drone hubs. The new MK30 drone can withstand various weather conditions and carry packages up to 5 pounds, promising deliveries in under an hour. It also features advanced obstacle-detection technology and reduced noise levels.
This expansion by Amazon reflects a global trend in drone delivery services, with companies like Walmart, Alphabet (Google's parent company), and Zipline also making strides in the industry. In Europe, Sweden has been at the forefront of technological and regulatory advancements in drone delivery, with startups like Aerit gaining operational permission for trials.
There have been experiments with medical drones, such as delivering medicine and equipment, which can be particularly valuable in emergencies when ground traffic is congested. Despite the promise of drone delivery, it still faces challenges related to public acceptance and safety concerns.