Amazon has developed delivery drones which may use parachutes to drop packages. The long debated product may finally be developing, helping people receive their packages faster. Probably, your next book will be delivered by such a drone that will parachute your package. Drone delivering is a challenging option, implying the risk of several technical issues.
The hardest thing to do is to manage to get the package on the ground. Nevertheless, until now, deliveries were made in controlled areas where a drone had enough space to land and deliver the package. However, specialists need to take into account that it is not always possible for drones to land safely everywhere.
What is more, the delivery drone could also face obstacles like pets, children, and humans which may stand in its way when heading towards its customer. A new patent proposes that the drones developed by Amazon should complete their tasks by deploying the package from the air. Then, the drone will supervise from above when and where the package lands.
If some obstacles are identified to come its way, the drone will coordinate the descent of the package with a burst of compressed air, a parachute and other similar mechanisms. The first drone delivery was made in Cambridge, UK. The location chosen was far away from the crowded urban centers, just like many of us live in.
If this new business of delivery drones will take over the entire delivery industry or it will be a significant part of the distribution of the package, then local authorities need to develop city-friendly solutions that could facilitate the process of delivery. Games and books could be delivered in such parachuted packages without harming the content.
Another patent which appeared at the end of 2016 described flying warehouses which act like platforms from which delivery drones would deploy. Nevertheless, a patent is only a suggestion, without necessarily implying the intention of how to create a device. At the moment, Amazon is competing with its airspace rival 7-Eleven. This company has reportedly succeeded in completing about a hundred aerial deliveries.
The current design of the Prime Air delivery drone created by Amazon is bound to land on the ground, and then it automatically tosses the package from a special compartment.
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