Amazon is on a hiring spree for "Prime Air" as it looks to finally launch drone delivery for all

2 weeks ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Facts

On Apirl Fool's Day, a video went viral that shows a huge Amazon ($NASDAQ:AMZN)-branded airship dropping dozens of delivery zones in what looks more like the first strike in a future robotic invasion than it does the arrival of hundreds of on-time Prime packages.

The video was created by Japanese Twitter user @zozi, and, despite its plausibility, is a CGI fabrication.

We call the video "plausible" because there is no doubt that Amazon is busy looking at drones and other delivery mechanisms in order to own the complete customer experience, from ordering to the last mile. Indeed, Amazon already touts what it calls "Prime Air", a "future delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones".

Amazon's Prime Air page doesn't appear to have been updated since 2016, when it posted a video showing the first Prime Air delivery.

But that doesn't mean the company isn't up to something when it comes to Prime Air delivery tech, though.

In October, Amazon listed just 5 "Prime Air" openings. Today, there are 61 such jobs. The most common title is for Research Scientists and Software Development Engineers. Some of the more interesting titles, however, include a Prime Air Flight Operations Training Specialist, Prime Air Senior Flight Test Engineer, and an Aerodynamics Engineer.

Title

Title (Count)

Research Scientist - Prime Air

5

Software Development Engineer / Ingénieur développement logiciel (m/f) - Prime Air

4

Software Development Engineer / Ingénieur développement logiciel (m/f) - Prime Air

3

Software Development Engineer - Prime Air

3

Software Development Manager - Prime Air

2

Test Engineer - Prime Air

2

Sr. Technical Program Manager - Prime Air

2

CFD Engineer - Prime Air

1

Aircraft Performance Engineer, Prime Air

1

Firmware Development Engineer – Prime Air

1

Meanwhile, hiring for positions with the word "Delivery" in their titles has jumped, particularly as of late.

In the summer of 2018, "Delivery" openings at Amazon went from 96 to 209 in just a matter of weeks. As of this week, the number of similar openings sits at a healthy 238.

Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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