Amazon wants to drop packages near your house using parachutes
Detailed in a new patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office yesterday, Amazon is considering airdropping packages from drones and guiding those packages to a destination near your home. Hypothetically, this will keep the drones from colliding with customers, animals, trees or other items that could be an obstruction in a yard.
Of course, this would also keep a drone on the move. If able to carry mulitple packages, the drone would be able to make mulitple deliveries without taking the time to land and take off. Amazon would also be able to preserve battery life from those actions.
According to the details in the patent, the drone would monitor the progress of your package at it plummets to the ground. If the package veers off course, the drone would send a signal to the box (holding your package) and deploy options like compressed air, a landing flap or multiple parachutes to redirect the box.
Of course, the patent doesn’t detail how the housing (for the packages) will be collected by the online retailer. It’s possible that warehouse workers would have to constantly retrieve housing from customers after deliveries have been made. It’s also unclear what responsibility the customer will have to retain the housing in a safe, secure area of their home.
Amazon hasn’t released any information on the launch of Prime Air in any area of the Unites States as of yet. Interestingly, the company featured Prime Air in an ad for the Amazon Echo during the Super Bowl earlier this month.
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