Amazon decidedly won’t let regulations stop them from developing Amazon Prime Air. In a comprehensive interview, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Public Policy, Paul Misener laid out Amazon’s roadmap for the future of drone deliveries.
"The goals we've set for ourselves are: The range has to be over 10 miles. These things will weigh about 55 pounds each, but they'll be able to deliver parcels that weigh up to 5 pounds," said Misener.
He then went into detail about how Amazon plans to clear both the regulatory and logistical hurdles of deliveries by drone. Amazon plans to test a myriad of prototypes to better adapt to climates, geography, and city vs. suburb living. The drones will only fly between 200 and 400 feet to not interfere with manned aircraft, and Amazon believes that it will be able alleviate regulators’ other safety concerns through demonstrations of the prototypes in action.
Paul Misener made one point clear, the US didn’t have to be the first country to allow drone deliveries for Amazon to remain committed to developing Prime Air. “Well, we have customers all around the world, of course. There’s no reason why the United States must be first. We hope it is,” said Misener.