Amazon said it was ready to start commercial drone deliveries as soon as regulations were in place
Details about how Amazon’s proposed delivery drones may work have been published by the US Patent Office.
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.
Amazon faces many regulatory hurdles before its plans can be turned into reality.
Amazon submitted its drone patent in September 2014, but the details are only now being published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, after it approved the ideas.
For many, Amazon’s idea of delivery via drone was seen as pie-in-the-sky, but the details it provides in its patent application suggest that the firm is taking the idea seriously and working hard to overcome a variety of technical obstacles.
Winning patent approval does not mean that the final product will be exactly as described or that it will become reality.
Amazon is leading the effort to convince the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to approve widespread commercial use of drones.
According to the plans, Amazon’s drones will be able to update their routes in real-time. A mock-up delivery screen suggests that people will be able to choose from a variety of delivery options – from “bring it to me” to nominating their home, place of work or even “my boat” as places for packages to be dropped.
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