It seems like something out of sci-fi. You place an order, and a little flying machine delivers it right to your doorstep.
But in several places across the US, drone deliveries are already being tested – and the availability will be increasing soon.
The Federal Aviation Administration has given the green light to several companies, including Amazon, Alphabet-owned Wing, and Israeli start-up company Flytrex, which will begin using delivery drones in many countries.
Some deliveries could have times as short as 15 minutes – an extraordinary opportunity in a country that’s seen mail slow to a crawl since the start of the pandemic.
Wing claims to be able to deliver many orders in just 10 minutes and that by using drones, they will ease congestion on roadways. Wing’s marketing and communication manager in the US said of the drones, “It’s more environmentally friendly. These are all electric drones that use very little power. It’s also significantly cheaper. You can have a pilot sitting downtown Dallas, watching flights all over the entire metro [area] someday.”
While it has delivery drivers anxious about the future of their services, it’s a boon for city dwellers who would rather not battle congested traffic and eat up gas when inflation is at an all-time high and economic uncertainty is on the future.