The online marketplace has been looking into this delivery technology for some time and is filing many patents.
At this point, it doesn’t come as a surprise to many that Amazon drones are in the works at the massive online marketplace, which loves to invest in the creation of new and potentially revolutionary forms of technology, but recent patent application publications have revealed a great deal more as to the way that the delivery system could end up functioning.
These UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) may be able to track a customer’s smartphone to determine his or her location.
The idea is that a package could be delivered via Amazon drones to wherever the customer happened to be located at the time. This means that customers wouldn’t have to wait at home for the mail or the courier to arrive. The UAV would use the customer’s smartphone to determine the location and then travel to that spot. Of course, this is only the assumption that is being made based on the patent applications that have been published. It is important to keep in mind that these are merely concepts that are being explored by the company and that it is not yet possible to know exactly what the company plans to do with those ideas.
It hasn’t yet been confirmed that Amazon drones will ever actually become the program that is currently being researched.
That said, the company has been looking into a number of different types of related technologies and has been applying for a broad spectrum of different patents, including for smartphone tracking and for drone-to-drone communication, which would allow the delivery robots to communicate to each other about various issues such as potential weather problems or traffic snarls. In that way, a drone that is already out on a job could report back to drones that are just leaving the warehouse in order to warn them about a storm that is settling in, for example.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com