To build its long-awaited drone, the e-commerce company has not yet finalized an agreement with two third-party manufacturers of delivery drone parts.
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According to him Financial timesAmazon Prime Air, the online delivery drone retailer, has laid off dozens of employees dedicated to this project.
Although the company has tentative agreements with these two third-party manufacturers to build elements of its drone, the FT says there is an opportunity to enter into additional agreements with other manufacturers to achieve its goal. Following the request for the Amazon proposal that was delivered to several companies in the world of drones over the past year.
According to FT, the full terms of the agreements with Austrian FACC Aerospace and Spanish Aernnova Aerospace will be finalized, according to a person familiar with Amazon’s project plans.
This project has been in the pipeline since 2013 when Jeff Bezos expressed his intention to make deliveries using drones.
In relation to what Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon’s global consumer business, said in June, drone shipments would be available “in months”.
The drone delivery project is getting closer
The focus of this initiative planned by Prime Air Amazon is to land your drone close to the customer, as many people have safety concerns.
With this in mind, the U.S. Aviation Administration is reviewing potential delivery drone operators to begin with limited testing.