Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery trials are also heading to Texas.

College Station joins Lockeford, California, among the first drone test areas for Amazon.

Amazon to begin testing drones in College Station, Texas

Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drones will soon be tested in Texas. The drone delivery testing is taking place in College Station, Texas, as well as in Lockeford, California, which was disclosed last month.

The new MK27-2 version (pictured above) features a hexagonal form that Amazon claims promotes stability, as well as propellers that reduce high-frequency soundwaves.

The business first revealed ambitions for a 30-minute drone delivery service in 2013 and used this now-dated video (linked above) to depict what the future would look like. Amazon demonstrated modified drones with hybrid VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) capabilities in 2019 and got FAA certification in 2020 to allow its drones to transport goods while functioning outside the operator’s visual line of sight.

Prior to announcing intentions to begin customer delivery experiments, headlines focused on the challenges Amazon was having, including repeated drone mishaps and complaints that the program was being hurried.

Amazon claims “hundreds” of consumers in the Lockeford region have contacted them about participating in the test group, and that its Texas expansion is a collaboration with the city and Texas A&M University “on some of the wonderful work they’ve been doing” with drones.

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