Amazon to mimic Walmart in AI drone delivery

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Amazon will soon follow in the footsteps of Walmart and will implement a door step delivery through drones. Provided they are within the vicinity of store and their geographical interface is conducive for drone deliver ecosystem.

Walmart, on the other hand, has made an official announcement that it is going to expand its drone delivery services to over 34 sites in the United States reaching 4 million households.

The AI based drone delivery will be available between 8:00 AM to 8 PM and will be restricted to a few cities in states such as Arizona, Arkanas, Florida, Texas and Utah along with Virginia. Customers need to pay a small fee of $3.99 to have their goods delivered through drones.

Amazon will follow the same pattern regarding drone delivery. However, it will restrict the parcel weight to 8 pounds and the customer’s house needs to be within 5000 meters radius from the store… now that’s not fair!

Drone based delivery picked up business during the corona pandemic incepted lockdowns. In the year 2020, drone based deliveries were meant to deliver essentials and medicines. However, as time passed, and the services picked up in developed cities, people ordered food parcels, snacks and alcohol and chocolates and ice creams through drones.

On seeing a rise in business, Google offered shipping services through drones and by March this year it announced the completion of its 200,000 drone deliveries after it made a deal with KFC, Walgreens and several other suppliers as a strategic delivery partner.

Amazon seems to be interested in tapping this $36 billion business and so has jumped into the bandwagon of self-piloting AI propelled drones whose only aim is to deliver goods within a stipulated time and in a cost-effective way.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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