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Top 5 Black Friday smart speaker deals: Amazon Echo leads the pack

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Displays for the echo dot and echo are seen inside the Amazon Books store in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in New York City, New York, U.S., May 25, 2017. The smart speaker is the newest home consumer electronics product category. And this year, the technology is more advanced with features like built-in displays. Fox News spoke with DealNews, a comparison shopping website, for recommendations on the best deals for smart speakers, based on a voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant such as Amazon's Alexa. Here are five of the best deals for this holiday shopping season.


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Looking to ever expand ways to deliver goods to its customers, Amazon has patented a way to allow its drones to deliver packages without ever having to land. The patent would not only provide a safe distance between the UAVs and the people receiving the packages, but also cut down on noise pollution, BizJournals noted. Bezos, now the world's third-richest man with an estimated fortune of $83.3 billion according to Forbes, first showed off Amazon's drone delivery unit in a Dec. 2013 interview on "60 Minutes." It recently filed patents for a beehive-like structure that would allow drones to pick up and drop off packages.


Get set for flying car

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Cities are growing worldwide and traffic as we know it will only get worse. Airbus Group's urban air mobility division predicts that by 2030, 60 percent of the population will live in cities, up from 50 percent today. The aircraft giant, second in size only to Boeing, is developing three separate solutions to urban congestion and they all look to the skies. Airbus is working on a single-passenger vehicle, package delivery drones, and autonomous buses. Airbus CEO Tom Enders spoke about the company's projects in Munich at the DLD conference where he told attendees he hopes the company will demonstrate a single person flying vehicle by year's end, Reuters reported.