The US Patent and Trademark Office gave a positive response to the Amazon Drones US Patent Application and has finally issued a new patent for an amazing concept of Amazon Prime Air to deliver packages to its consumers through drones.
The Amazon, one of the largest online retailers, has introduced a ground-breaking concept to invent a fleet of airborne that do not require humans to deliver the package. Notably, Amazon believes that this is a revolutionary technology based on the artificial intelligence that will fasten and simplify the process of delivering any product. The online retail giant further ensures to deliver the products to its customers within 30 minutes or less. Moreover, these unmanned aerial vehicles are able to interact with humans and can respond to the human gestures such as waving hands, flaring arms, welcoming thumbs-up and so on, quite efficiently.
As per the reports, Amazon Prime Air can not only deliver the package to the right customers, but can also change the flight path to sidestep the crashing possibilities, interact with humans and terminate the Amazon drones delivery process etc.
Earlier, we have seen some amazing products such as Amazon Lex and Google Smart Reply that have a sophisticated artificial intelligence. But with Amazon drone patent, technology will move to a next level.
Other features these Amazon Prime Air will carry include the Amazon drone wave speech recognition, depth sensor, inbuilt camera, ultraviolet lights, among other sensors. The drones have the abilities to recognize human voice movement viz. whether the person is coming close or going away from the drone and human hand and body gestures as well.
The whole delivery process through Amazon Prime Air unmanned drones includes getting the delivery instructions, adhere to the guidelines and proceed, receive and determine the human gestures and proceed as per the determined human gestures and delivery instructions. Once all the instructions are followed, the drones would either drop the packages with extra padding from 25 feet or land and deliver the parcel to the customers.
According to the patent, “The human recipient and/or the other humans can communicate with the vehicle using human gestures to aid the vehicle along its path to the delivery location.”
Amazon revealed, it is already in talk with some aspiring patents for its drone delivery service. Notably, Amazon, has been testing drones for product delivery in England since 2016, when it first delivered a package to a shopper in the United Kingdom (UK) via drone. However, there is no information about when the Amazon Patent drones would make the debut.
Amazon has also approached some of the leading tech companies including Google, GE and Boeing to produce the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system. It shows that the company is quite thoughtful about the plan of delivering the packages via drones to its customers within 30 minutes.