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Amazon completes first drone delivery… and it happened in the UK!

Amazon has completed its first ever Prime Air delivery, a mere three years after announcing its plans to use UAVs to bring goods to its customers in less than 30 minutes.

The delivery took place last week in Cambridge, England and took just 13 minutes from the order click to drop-off delivery.

The first delivery contained an Amazon Fire TV box and a bag of popcorn.

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The “private trial” is only open to just two customers at present, but the firm plans to open the option up to dozens more within “several miles” of a new custom-built Cambridge fulfillment centre.

Thousands of items (“from the latest gadgets to dog biscuits”) will be stored in the fulfillment centre, which contains “innovative Prime Air Technology.”

Right after the order is received the electrically-powered drone makes its way down a track, complete with the customer’s order, which must weigh less than 5lbs.

It’ll travel below 400 feet and will be guided to the domicile by GPS.

By the completion of the trials, Amazon says there’ll be hundreds of customers receiving drone deliveries and after that the firm says “the sky’s the limit, but that’s not exactly true any more is it.”

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