Amazon expands drone testing to Texas

21 July 2022
Amazon’s experimental drone flies to a delivery location. Source: Amazon

Amazon will expand its drone delivery service to College Station, Texas, allowing customers to receive orders via unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The new location follows Amazon’s first drone delivery location in Lockeford, California after many years of promising the autonomous delivery service.

At College Station, drone deliveries will begin later this year. The town is located near Texas A&M University and drones will be able to deliver to students on campus as well as residents located in the town.

"Amazon's new facility presents a tremendous opportunity for College Station to be at the forefront of the development of drone delivery technology," said Karl Mooney, the mayor of College Station. "We look forward to partnering with Amazon and Texas A&M and are confident that Amazon will be a productive, conscientious, and accountable participant in our community."

Texas A&M said being one of the first drone delivery locations for Amazon puts it at the forefront of the rest of the U.S. and plans to assist Amazon in future deliveries.

Amazon said Prime Air will create new jobs, build partnerships with local organizations and reduce the impact of climate change by not using large truck vehicles for deliveries.

Amazon has quickly begun testing drone deliveries after promising the service many years earlier. Instead, the company saw other startups and larger organizations begin their own drone delivery programs and progress to a point where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is actively approving companies for beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) testing and implementation.

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