Amazon has revealed the location of the second city where it intends to begin making drone deliveries later this year. Customers in College Station, Texas, will be contacted to gauge their interest in receiving orders via Prime Air, according to the company.
Amazon says it was impressed by many aspects of the city, including Texas A&M University’s research, such as work on drone technology.
College Station has a population of 120,000 people, according to the US Census Bureau, so while it isn’t the largest city in Texas, it appears to be a good size for Prime Air’s initial rollout.
“Amazon’s new facility presents a tremendous opportunity for College Station to be at the forefront of the development of drone delivery technology,” Karl Mooney, the mayor of College Station, said.
“We look forward to partnering with Amazon and Texas A&M and are confident that Amazon will be a productive, conscientious, and accountable participant in our community.”
Amazon announced last month that it will begin making drone deliveries in Lockeford, California later this year. It intends to deliver packages directly to customers’ homes, and thousands of products will be eligible for the program.
Amazon will launch Prime Air nine years (and more than two dozen prototypes) after first announcing plans for drone deliveries.