Is Amazon drone delivery closer than we think?

The online retailer has partnered with the British government and aviation watchdogs

Updated: 
Could Amazon delivery by drone be closer than we think?Amazon Drone Delivery One Step Closer to Getting off the Ground

Amazon's drone delivery service is one step closer to getting off the ground and receiving packages in half and hour or less could soon be a reality in Britain!

The world's biggest online retailer has partnered with the British government and aviation watchdogs to test drones in the UK's rural and suburban areas.

Thanks to the Civil Aviation Authority, which regulates the skies in the UK, Amazon now has permission to test drones for these three key areas: flying drones beyond the line of sight of operation, sensor testing for hazards and one person operation of multiple drones.

In the USA it's illegale to fly drones out of the line of sight of the operator which has pretty much stopped Amazon from using drones as a delivery method in the States.

But the real question is, how will it work? Exact details aren't clear for Amazon PrimeAir but basically a drone would pick up a box from a warehouse, fly to your home and drop it off. There would be a 30 minute time limit and a 55 pound upper weight limit.

Amazon hopes to start using drone deliveries by 2017 and for drones to be as normal as post vans on the road.

But you will have to get used to grabbing packages from your lawn rather than your postbox!

Supermarket shopping mistakes

Supermarket shopping mistakes