Amazon considering launching neighbourhood patrol drones, patent suggests

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Amazon is considering launching drones that patrol neighbourhoods and could even call the police if they spot something amiss, according to a patent. The company may set up a subscription service for worried homeowners that means its delivery aircrafts fly overhead looking for broken windows, graffiti or a fire. Its drones will be able to take photos or record videos - sparking fears they could be used to collect data Big Brother-style. In an apparent attempt to quell such fears, the patent states drone footage will obscure adjacent properties. It will also require proof of ownership of the object or property being monitored, as well as permission from others living nearby, for example in an apartment block.


Amazon drones could use Alexa to talk to customers

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Amazon delivery drones could use Alexa to talk to customers - and even shout at them to get out of its way. The firm has been granted a patent for'speech interaction for unmanned aerial vehicles' that would allow drones to answer customer questions, prompt a person to move if in the way of a landing, and warn people passing by if the drone is in'a hazardous state.' A drawing in the patent even depicts a drone with a speech bubble that reads'Please stay away!' as it malfunctions near a person. A scenario in which an Amazon drone would speak to a person to indicate a hazardous condition. 'In some cases, the UAV may be in a potentially hazardous state, such as in a state where one or more propellers are powered and turning,' the patent reads Amazon delivery drones could come with'speech interaction' to talk to customers, according to a new patent.


Amazon patents an Alexa-powered drone assistant

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One day, you could be using your own personal drone to help you find your vehicle again in a busy car park. That is if a patent granted to Amazon becomes a reality. The company has revealed plans for an'unmanned aerial vehicle assistant' could also be used by traffic police to help them catch speeding drivers. One day traffic police might become a thing of the past, as humans might be replaced by drones. That is if a patent granted to Amazon becomes a reality.


Walmart could use blimps to transport home delivery drones

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Amazon's blimps will have company in the sky, according to a new patent revealing that Walmart too wants to develop the aircraft. The discount retail giant has been granted a patent for'gas-filled carrier aircrafts' that would serve as airborne bases for fleets of delivery drones. It strikes similar to the one filed last year by Amazon, indicating that tensions are heating up between the two companies as they compete to dominate e-commerce shopping. Walmart has been granted a patent for'gas-filled carrier aircrafts' that would serve as airborne bases for fleets of delivery drones. Walmart was granted a patent for blimps that would serve as airborne bases for fleets of delivery drones.


Amazon patents bizarre accordion chute for delivery drones

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Amazon has patented a way for its delivery drones to drop off packages without ever having to land. The new patent describes an accordion-like tube that would extend from the drone to a drop-off point such as a porch and let the package slide through to a safe landing. Additionally, the technology could make it easier to deliver packages when conditions aren't optimal for landing and also cut down on noise pollution. The new patent describes an accordion-like tube that would extend from the drone to a drop-off point such as a porch and let the package slide through to a safe landing. Amazon has patented a way for its delivery drones to drop off packages without ever having to land.