Amazon's futuristic fleet of autonomous delivery drones could be equipped with data grabbing sensors, according to a patent granted to the firm. This would allow the vehicles to scan your home at the same time as dropping off your package. The company believes this may reveal clues that could allow it recommend products for you to purchase. Some may feel uncomfortable at the prospect of arming the self-flying devices with such snooping technology, although the patent suggests it would be opt-in service. Amazon's futuristic fleet of autonomous delivery drones could be equipped with data grabbing sensors, according to a patent (pictured) granted to the firm.
The package company and its partner, CVS, have completed the first commercial medical drone delivery in the US. Using a M2 drone, the prescriptions were lowered down to two separate destinations via a cable while the unmanned aerial vehicle hovered 20 feet above each home. UPS and CVS, have completed the first commercial medical drone delivery in the US. The milestone is a result of UPS becoming the first drone delivery service to receive full approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. UPS and CVS carried out two flights on Friday, November 1st – both dropped off prescriptions to paying customers in Cary, North Carolina.
Amazon's drones could soon have a way to deal with unhappy customers who aren't happy with their deliveries. The firm has filed a patent to embed sensors in its drones that could react to voice commands and hand movements. This means the UAVs could respond to people screaming, waving their hands and making frantic or rude gestures during a delivery. Based on customer reactions, the drones could release the package, change their flight path or ask the human down below a question about the delivery, the patent suggests. Entitled'Human interaction with unmanned aerial vehicles', the patent was issued to Amazon on 20 March by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
This week, federal regulators rolled out new rules for unmanned flying vehicles, in a first step that helps pave the way for drones to start delivering packages to your door. But because of a federal no-fly zone, drones are prohibited in the D.C. area. So the nation's capital is finding a workaround. In a unanimous vote Thursday, the District of Columbia's city council gave the green light for an Estonian company to start testing its ground-based robot delivery technology right on the sidewalks. The move represents the first time ground-based drones have been approved for testing anywhere in the country, according to the company, Starship Technologies.
It's already been three years since Amazon first revealed its somewhat audacious plan to make deliveries by drone. But the company is quite serious about this, and today it is announcing that it complete the first Amazon Prime Air drone-powered delivery. The company recently launched a trial in Cambridge, England -- and on December 7th, Amazon completed its first drone-powered delivery. It took 13 minutes from order to delivery, with the drone departing a custom-built fulfillment center nearby. Amazon's video about the project says that it's only servicing a few customers in the area right now, but will soon be open to dozens more who live within a few miles of the Cambridge fulfillment center.