What used to be just an idea may be a soon be reality. The US Patent Office has recently approved Amazon’s proposed delivery drones and has revealed details on how these would work.
The BBC reports: “According to the patent, the drones will be able to track the location of the person it is delivering to by pulling data from their smartphone.
The unmanned vehicles will also be able to talk to each other about weather and traffic conditions.”
If plans are followed to the letter, Amazon’s drones will be able to update their routes in real-time. As for delivery locations, customers will have a wide range of delivery options, from “bring it to me” to their home, office, or even “my boat”.
Other details include:
- Amazon will employ a variety of unmanned vehicles depending on the shape and weight of the product
- Flight sensors, radar, sonar, cameras and infrared sensors will be employed to ensure safe landing zones are found
- The unmanned vehicle would constantly monitor its path for humans or other animals and modify navigation to avoid such obstacles
Amazon has also been busy with land-based innovations as well. It has partnered with DHL and vehicle manufacturer Audi for a service that would deliver packages straight to Audi cars. It’s interesting to see disruptive innovations come along and shake up an industry that has stayed the same for so long.
The article describes the scenario, which seems to be straight from a sci-fi movie:
“Using Audi’s in-car communications system, Connect, DHL delivery drivers would track a customer’s vehicle over a specified period of time and then use a digital access code to unlock the boot,’ the car maker said. This code would then expire as soon as the boot was shut.”
It is innovations such as these that make us feel like it’s an exciting time for delivery technologies. In Sydney, there are alternatives that may not allow drones to deliver your post (yet), but does allow senders more flexibility than ever to send and deliver parcels.
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Read the original article here: www.bbc.com/news/technology-32653269
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