Amazon puts drone on display in College Station meet-and-greet event

Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 4:44 PM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - The Amazon Prime Air drone was at College Station City Hall while employees held a meet and greet event.

This is what many were asking for when the city council approved a rezoning request for Amazon to build their site near Midtown.

“We’ve brought the static drone here to display to answer any questions that the Community may have, but also show off the drone and show the technology and the structure of the drone so people can see it and understand what it’s all about,” Paul Butler, the community affairs manager for Amazon, said.

Many attendees at the event were prospective customers of the drone delivery service. Some brought their skepticism right to Amazon employees and said they got the answers they were looking for.

“I think a lot of the concern in at least our community was the noise level and you can actually hear it here on a tablet,” Beth Determan said.

Determan is a resident of the Emerald Forest neighborhood, which will be located near the Amazon site. She said she’s feeling better about her concerns.

“They also put my mind at ease with the interference of the medical helicopters because there are two helicopter pads at the hospitals near the drone launching pad and they’re working through that. They’ve got the technology to avoid them, so it’s all good things,” Determan said.

Amazon employees were ready to answer questions and show off the drone and shared their excitement for the new site in College Station.

“We’re just really excited to be here in College Station and listen to the feedback from the community and make sure that we’re listening to their concerns. Listening to their excitement and providing them the answers to their questions,” Butler said.

Determan said since seeing the drone, she’s excited to see the future come to College Station.

“It was a little intimidating. I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty big. But it’s cool, I mean I’m fascinated with technology and where College Station is headed, it’s awesome,” she said.

Amazon Prime Air will be holding events monthly around the area to answer questions and introduce people to the drone. The next event will be held on August 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Century Square.

“I think knowledge is powerful, so everybody should come out if they have any questions, they’re quick to answer for you. Definitely, you should come out to the next event,” Determan said.

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