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Amazon Picks Central Valley Town for First Packages Deliveries by Drone

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An Amazon Prime Air delivery drone in a warehouse. Courtesy of the company

Retail giant Amazon announced Monday that it has selected a small town in the central valley near Stockton to be the first location for drone public deliveries.

Deliveries to Lockforda town of 3,500 on State Route 88, will launch later this year.

This will be the first time Amazon has delivered drone deliveries to the US public and is following several pilot projects by companies such as Walmart, United Parcel Service and FedEx.

The online retailer said it is working with Federal Aviation Administration and local officials to secure permits.

The drones will be able to fly beyond the field of view and will be scheduled to drop parcels in customers’ yards.

“The people of Lockeford will play an important role in determining the future,” Amazon said. “Their feedback on Prime Air, with drones delivering packages to their backyards, will help us create a service that will escalate safely to meet the needs of customers everywhere.”

The company predicted that drone delivery “could one day become as common as watching an Amazon delivery truck pick up outside your home.”

Amazon made its first delivery to drone customers in the UK in 2016 and had advertised its drone delivery plans for years before that.

Reuters contributed to this article.

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