Amazon Set to Launch Drone Delivery Service in California

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Jun 15, 2022

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The Prime Air drones will begin product deliveries in Lockeford, California, later this year.

Prime Air Coming to Lockeford

Amazon is finally set to launch its drone delivery service in the United States. The service, dubbed Amazon Prime Air, will begin to deliver products to customers “later this year”. It will first start in Lockeford, California. 

“Lockeford residents will play an important role in defining the future,” reads a statement from the retailing giant. “Their feedback about Prime Air, with drones delivering packages in their backyards, will help us create a service that will safely scale to meet the needs of customers everywhere.”

The choice of Lockeford is linked to its ties to the aviation industry. Weldon B. Cooke, one of the earliest pioneers, lived in the census-designated place (CDP). Amazon also has big plans for the community.

“As we launch the service in Lockeford, we’ll also be investing in the community, creating new jobs, building partnerships with local organizations, and helping reduce carbon emissions,” it says.

Prime Air has suffered several setbacks since first announced, including crashes and reports of high turnover. However, Amazon seems set to push through, based on the announcement. 

What is Amazon Prime Air?

Prime Air is a delivery service that will use drones to drop off purchased goods for Amazon customers who opt-in. 

The drones will deliver packages that weigh up to five pounds while saving time. Thousands of items are eligible for delivery, says the company.

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos first introduced the concept in an interview in 2013. Bezos is optimistic that adoption will explode in the future, saying that the drones “will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today”.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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