Amazon Drone Delivery Arrives in Texas

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The deployment of drone delivery is happening in fits and starts. After all, companies need to overcome a number of hurdles, both regulatory and domestic. That is why all parties tend to act slowly and deliberately. While this slowdown in innovation isn’t always a sign of struggle, companies have certainly experienced it too, including Amazon, which initially stumbled out of the gate.

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Almost exactly one month after announcing their plans to supply the Central California city of Lockwood, the company is introducing yet another expansion. Later this year, Amazon will add Texas A&M University’s home base at College Station to the list. The company cites partnership with the school and the city as the key reason for the choice.

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“Amazon’s new facility provides College Station with an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of drone delivery technology,” Mayor Carl Mooney said in a statement. “We look forward to partnering with Amazon and Texas A&M and are confident that Amazon will be a productive, conscientious and responsible member of our community.”

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There aren’t many additional details here, but over the past few months, Texas has become something of a hot bed for these very early drone shipments. In March, an Israeli startup Flytex announced that it delivers to Granbury, a city of 10,000 people located in the large Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Alphabet-owned Wing next month expanded its activities to the nearby cities of Frisco and Little Elm.

While Amazon doesn’t seem to have Wing’s head start, the company has one very important thing that others don’t: a massive built-in retail network.


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