Amazon has confirmed that it will relaunch its delivery drones in the UK next year.
The company has announced its plan to use unmanned aerial vehicles for delivering goods from its same-day delivery sites, including one in the UK.
The specific location has not yet been disclosed.
This move is part of Amazon’s expansion of drone delivery within its retail operations and will also be implemented in Italy and another state in the US, in addition to California and Texas, where the drones are already in use.
The company previously conducted a trial of its Prime Air delivery system in Cambridgeshire in 2016.
However, Amazon has stated that it will no longer use standalone centers and will instead integrate the drones into its existing network.
In a statement, the company said, “As part of our continued efforts to innovate for customers, we are excited to announce the expansion of Prime Air delivery internationally, for the first time outside the US.
“We have been delivering packages by drone for almost a year in California and in Texas.
“We have built a safe, reliable delivery service and have partnered very closely with regulators and communities.
“We will continue with that collaboration into the future to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers and the communities we serve.”
Amazon has been working with the government and aviation authorities to reintroduce drones into UK airspace.
The company has revealed its latest drone, the MK30, which is quieter, can fly twice as far, and is capable of operating in more diverse weather conditions.
The aviation minister, Baroness Vere, stated, “Amazon’s announcement today is a fantastic example of government and industry coming together to achieve our shared vision for commercial drones to be commonplace in the UK by 2030.
\”Not only will this help boost the economy, offering consumers even more choice while helping keep the environment clean with zero emission technology, but it will also build our understanding of how to best use the new technology safely and securely.”
Frederic Laugere, head of innovation advisory services at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said, “Exploring the options of how drones can be safely and successfully incorporated into more of the UK’s airspace is key.
“It is vital that projects such as this take place to feed into the overall knowledge and experiences that will soon enable drones to be operating beyond the line of sight of their pilot on a day-to-day basis, while also still allowing safe and equitable use of the air by other users.”