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Amazon drone testing, America - 02 Dec 2013
The Prime Air unmanned aircraft that Amazon is working on that could deliver packages in 30 minutes or less. Photograph: Rex Features

Amazon to begin testing same-day delivery drones in Cambridge (Guardian, Nov 12, 2014):

Online retailer expands R&D operations in England, two years after buying Cambridge-based startup Evi Technologies

Amazon is planning to test drones in Cambridge, England, as the battle to offer consumers same-day deliveries heats up.

The US company announced with considerable fanfare late last year that it was considering using drones as a way of dramatically reducing the time it takes to deliver orders to customers. At the time there was speculation that the move was little more than a publicity stunt. But Amazon said in July that it had sought permission from the US Federal Aviation Administration to test drones that could fly as fast as 50 miles per hour for up to 30 minutes at a time to deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg (5lb). Continue reading »

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