Amazon expands drone delivery to Texas

Amazon is to launch drone deliveries in Texas.

The move comes a month after the e-commerce giant announced plans to bring ‘Prime Air’ drone deliveries to California.

Deliveries are set to launch in College Station, Texas, later in the year.

"Amazon's new facility presents a tremendous opportunity for College Station to be at the forefront of the development of drone delivery technology," said College Station mayor Karl Mooney. "We look forward to partnering with Amazon and Texas A&M [University] and are confident that Amazon will be a productive, conscientious, and accountable participant in our community."
Amazon claims that its technology is different to most drones because they are able to recognise and dodge other aircraft and obstacles.

Amazon has developed what it describes as a “sense-and-avoid” system which means that drones can operate without visual observers and at greater distances.

The business said that special algorithms enable drones to identify static objects like chimneys as well as moving objects. If the drone spots an obstacle, it will automatically change course.

Amazon explained that as the delivery is made into a customer’s garden, the drone will identify a small area around the location that is clear of people, animals, or other obstacles.

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