Customers in two cities received several packages via drones last week before Christmas when Amazon’s Prime Air delivery service launched.
“Prime Air deliveries have begun to customers in Rockford, Calif. and College Station, Texas,” an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business on Tuesday. We are starting with these communities and will gradually expand delivery to more customers over time.”
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Customers will receive notifications from Amazon when drone deliveries are rolled out at home.
CBS Sacramento and Fox 40 reported Friday that drone deliveries have begun in Rockford and College Station.
Rockford’s Prime Air drone deliveries began about six months after the e-commerce giant announced its intention to make the service available in the city.
Amazon’s plans to offer drone deliveries in College Station, home to Texas A&M University, were announced in mid-July.
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For products eligible for Prime Air delivery, customers eligible for the service “place an order as usual and receive an estimated arrival time in the order status tracker,” Amazon announced drone delivery in Rockford. Described in the June release.
The drone “flies to the designated delivery location, descends to the customer’s backyard and hovers at a safe height.” It then “safely releases the package and ascends to altitude,” the company said at the time.
Walmart launches drone deliveries in Florida, Texas and Arizona markets
Another retail giant, Walmart, began delivering packages by drone to some customers in early December in several cities in Phoenix, Dallas, Tampa and Orlando, FOX Business reports.
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Other companies such as FedEx, UPS and Alphabet are testing or will test drone delivery options.