Watch Jeremy Clarkson Explain Amazon Prime Air
Earlier this year, it was announced that ex-Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson would be taking his talents to a new motoring program on the Amazon Prime video network. Now it appears his role with Amazon is a bit more extensive than just car show co-host. On Sunday, Amazon released the following video explaining the ins-and-outs of its future Prime Air drone package delivery service, which aims to deliver purchases weighing less than five pounds to homes within 30 minutes or less. Jeremy Clarkson does the job of explaining, and performs it with his typical comedic delivery. Take a look. RELATED: Check Out These 8 Great Car Gift Ideas for the Holidays
All those mid-air shots? Those aren’t digital effects—the Amazon Prime Air drone has truly evolved from its humble quadcopter origins, first teased in 2013. The new drone features a vertical take-off propeller to gain altitude, at which point it swaps to “airplane mode" and is powered by a second perpendicular propeller, providing a claimed 15 miles of flight range. Though unmentioned by Clarkson, the video’s flight data shows a drone travel speed of 58 mph and an elevation of around 370 feet.
Those figures are important because the company’s Federal Aviation Administration drone testing approval hinges on stipulations that Prime Air drones do not exceed 100 mph and remain below 400 feet above ground level, among a variety of other red tape items. Considering many of the safety concerns surrounding drone flight beyond line-of-sight operation, Amazon has noted the drones utilize “sense and avoid” technology to keep out of harms way and will scan landing sites for hazards before touching down.
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Think this sounds like a convenient way to have your size-three Puma evoPOWER Firm Ground soccer cleats delivered? You aren’t alone, however Amazon does admit Prime Air will take some time to roll-out officially. When it does, Jeremy Clarkson notes a “whole family” of Amazon drones will follow, each designed to serve different deliveries and environments. The company’s website claims a dozen prototypes currently in development.
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