Amazon.com has been granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a delivery drone that can respond to human gestures. The concept is part of Amazon's goal to develop a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles that can get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. Issued earlier this week, the patent may help Amazon grapple with how flying robots might interact with human bystanders and customers waiting on their doorsteps. Depending on a person's gestures -- a welcoming thumbs up, shouting or frantic arm waving -- the drone can adjust its behavior, according to the patent. The machine could release the package it's carrying, alter its flight path to avoid crashing, ask humans a question or abort the delivery, the patent says.
When we hear the words "artificial intelligence" these are the kinds of thought paths that we tend to go down. However, while Amazon may have so far successfully delivered a bag of popcorn a few miles down the road by drone we're still fairly far off AI taking over the delivery industry just yet. So, what impact is it likely to have in the much nearer future? AI is essentially machine learning. The intention behind it is to enable computers to pick up human traits, such as learning and self-correction, and to be able to use these to develop and grow as humans do.
They crave convenience and they want seamless on-demand customer experiences (CX). Recently, Salesforce reiterated the importance of'the experience' in growing customer engagement. Findings revealed that experiences not only need to be seamless but extraordinary to truly engage customers. Just'satisfactory' experiences don't stack up in our'always on' society. But an extraordinary experience is a tall order for companies that are delivering thousands, or even millions, of orders every day.
Self-driving delivery vehicles may be getting closer to becoming a reality, but Ford believes there's one leg of the process that could be further solved by robots. The auto giant has partnered with startup Agility Robotics to create a two-legged robot called'Digit' that can ferry packages to your doorstep. It solves a problem generated by self-driving delivery vehicles, which is that if there's no humans in the driver's seat that can drop off a package, autonomous robots can pick up the slack. 'It's not always convenient for people to leave their homes to retrieve deliveries or for businesses to run their own delivery services,' Ken Washington, chief technology officer at Ford, wrote in a blog post. 'If we can free people up to focus less on the logistics of making deliveries, they can turn their time and effort to things that really need their attention.
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