Lockeford Allows Amazon Drone DeliveryThere are many reasons why local governments should allow the use of drones for delivery‚ including reducing the amount of traffic and increasing local economic vitality. One of the main reasons is that the town's location is well-suited for drone deliveries‚ which can cut down on transportation costs and carbon emissions. Lockeford also has an excellent climate‚ so the drones should have little problem flying there.
LOCKEFORD (Calif.) - Amazon contacted the local authorities of this small rural community six months ago to inform them that it was planning to start its long-awaited drone delivery services. However‚ many residents of Lockeford (unincorporated‚ home to its fruit stands and vineyards) didn't even know of this plan until last week‚ when Amazon announced it publicly. For the latest and most interesting news from The Washington Post‚ subscribe to The Post Most Newsletter A 82-year old woman lives right across from the drone facility‚ along with her horse and dog‚ as well as two ponies and small number of goats‚ said that no one has mentioned Amazons plans. Two brothers who were busy with converting a neighboring winery into a cannabis farm also had the same experience. One man in an archery shop laughed and said‚ "Target practice!" He found out.
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Amazon will bring in more than 25.000 workers to the area when it opens its headquarters in Arlington‚ Va. Experts discuss how Amazon's new headquarters in Arlington‚ Va. will impact jobs and gentrification. Many Lockeford residents were shocked to hear that Amazon would be delivering parcels via drones in America for the first-ever time last week. Amazon is known for secretly launching projects‚ often using code names or negotiating tax subsidies. This includes building new fulfillment centers‚ corporate headquarters and data centers. The big reveal can sometimes surprise locals and cause fights between Amazon and those it seeks to serve. After the announcement became public‚ residents of Denver‚ New York's Canadian border‚ and Massachusetts rallied together to block Amazon development. After a lengthy process of selecting New York City for its second headquarters‚ Amazon was forced to scrap the plans after major opposition. Amazon is currently building its so-called headquarters in Arlington‚ Virginia. Lockeford was chosen by the team because it had the right weather conditions‚ topography in rural areas‚ easy access to highways‚ and an existing customer base. This is according to a former Amazon employee‚ who spoke anonymously out of fear of retaliation. The team thought that it would be a great choice‚ as there won't be any red tape. The person described it as a cowboy‚ and said that it felt like that. According to the company‚ it began reaching out to residents within four miles of its site last week in order to determine if anyone is interested. Sign up to receive a list of items less than five pounds that are stored in a nearby warehouse. These drones are approximately 6.5 feet in width and nearly 4 feet high. They are designed to drop packages from about four feet above the ground. Some caveats were that San Joaquin County (which houses Lockeford) is still processing permits and that the company needs to obtain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. Not all people are willing to spread the welcome mat. Tim Blighton (a cement contractor near Lockeford) said that they are invading his privacy and once threatened to shoot down the drone of a neighbor. Blighton is worried that Amazon cameras could be seen in his yard. Blighton said he would not be interested in Amazon's delivery‚ as he believes it will destroy mom-and-pop stores. Blighton stated that he is not an Amazon man. They are going to ruin everything. A spokesperson for Amazon said that Amazon was cooperating with Lockeford's local authorities and working towards obtaining permissions. When it's flying from its home base to the delivery location and back‚ Amazon drone doesn't capture any imagery below and does not use this data for other purposes. New jobs will also be created by the drone project. He said that Prime Air drones would one day be just as common as Prime delivery trucks. He said that if anyone did take down a drone‚ they would be breaking the law. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is also the owner of The Washington Post. He made headlines when he introduced drone delivery to 60 Minutes. The company has failed to live up to its promises‚ making only one drone delivery in Cambridge in England‚ 2016 prior the team's dissolution. Bloomberg reported that Amazon had hired David Carbon‚ a Boeing engineer‚ to help speed up the project. However‚ some workers disagreed with this approach. Cheddi Skeete‚ a former flight assistant‚ has publicly voiced concerns about Prime Air. The company has been involved in multiple crashes of drones during tests flights including one that caused a fire spreading to 25 acres. Business Insider last month reported that Amazon tried to skirt regulations and avoid FAA inspections after crashes. When asked if the conflict between Amazon and FAA over the test site at Oregon might delay drone launch‚ Ian Gregor from FAA stated that the agency does not comment on pending certification projects. Amazons Zammit stated that the drones of his company are being tested in an enclosed‚ private space and that nobody has been hurt or killed by these flights. He said that Lockeford delivery will not be an experiment and would be made under an FAA Air Carrier Certificate to make sure the program meets all safety standards. It is also working closely with the local authorities. An ex-Amazon employee who was familiar with Prime Air claimed that the team is being pressured to deliver some orders this year or else the future of Prime Air could be at risk. Amazon refutes this. It could be a good idea for some Lockeford residents. There's plenty of space‚ so why not! Tracy Clarke is a local Amazon customer and said that she has ordered almost everything on the site. Pam Coleman lives on an almost 30-acre parcel of land not far from Lockeford. She said that the closest town offers only limited amenities. She suggested that it might be more convenient to live in such places. Other opinions were more mixed. Greg Baroni‚ an Amazon customer‚ lives near enough for him to register for drone delivery. He said that Amazon delivered packages quickly enough to his home. He told The Post that drones were not needed. People who want to work are losing their jobs. He felt the same as Blighton about drones. He said that he didn't want drones to fly around his house. We live in the country. According to Stephanie Yoder (a county spokeswoman)‚ the property Prime Air will use‚ which Amazon leases from a local concrete manufacturer‚ is already zoned for distribution.
According to the county‚ the company is in process of obtaining the necessary building permits and business permits. It will also be subject to an environmental review through the FAA. According to a former employee‚ Amazon employs a team to interface with local government to make sure that the community welcomes it. Customers may find it difficult to accept a limited order program and coordinate with Amazon. The employee said that it was a hassle. Zammit‚ an Amazon spokesperson said that customers can order drone delivery of packages in the usual way. Amazon also plans to deliver drones to College Station in Texas. The city council will vote on this plan on July 14. Last week at the zoning commission meeting‚ residents voiced concern about noise and safety. Amina Alikhan said that if Lockeford is open to drone delivery‚ College Station should allow them to be the first test site. Many residents in Lockeford were shocked to learn that their small rural town was selected for the Amazons program. Naydeene Kster said that I own a lot of horses and livestock‚ so a drone could easily scare them. When they feel in danger‚ horses will jump through any type of barbed wire or fence. Horses have been known to kill themselves for fear of a falling balloon. I would hate to imagine the destruction that a flying drone could cause in their territory. Lockeford‚ which is a small town of old-fashioned farmers and ranches was established in 1897‚ continued she. This is why it's so scary that this technology could invade your privacy and possibly scare your animals. Amazons Zammit stated that they have worked hard to minimise disruption and noise. Joy Huffman‚ a Lockeford resident said that her daughters have ordered so many items from Amazon she receives a package almost everyday. She isn't sure if she will be able to volunteer. She said that she was curious about how it would work. The drone will hopefully place it in the correct yard. Jennifer Hoy moved from Lodi to Lockeford about a year back. Jennifer said that she doesn't like taking away people's jobs. However‚ I want to go and see it - it's something I would love to experience. There are others for whom Amazon is not an option‚ regardless of whether it's delivered via drone or human. Jay Jiminez said that my stepson was employed by them and they don't treat their workers well. Jay stopped in Lockeford Wednesday afternoon to get sausage. When I try to place an order and see Amazon on it‚ I just pass it. Just down the street from Amazon's drone launch site‚ a man was watering his lawn. He also worried about Amazons bad reputation as an employer. He said that his wife regularly orders from Amazon‚ but declined to identify himself. He shook his head when asked if he would sign up to the drone experiment. He said that they have already too much money‚ and also too much power. Related Content. Video shows Speaker at Ginni Thomas Group meeting called Bidens Win Illegitimate Long After Jan. 6 video A 1978 trial can tell us a lot about the future of criminal abortion cases Black Republican attempts to recruit Black voters into the GOP