On December 1, 2013, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos revealed plans for Amazon Prime Air in an interview on 60 Minutes. Amazon Prime Air will use multirotor Miniature Unmanned Air Vehicle (Miniature UAV), otherwise known as drone, technology to autonomously fly individual packages to customers’ doorsteps within 30 minutes of ordering.
To qualify for 30 minute delivery, the order must be less than 5 pounds (2.26 kg), must be small enough to fit in the cargo box that the craft will carry, and must have a delivery location within a 10-mile radius of a participating Amazon order fulfillment center. 86% of packages sold by Amazon fit the weight qualification of the program.
The prime air drone technology have the ability of delivering customer orders in 30 minutes or less.These drones cruises below 400 feet and are guided by GPS technologies
On December 7, 2016, Amazon successfully delivered a Prime Air parcel to an actual customer in the Cambridge area of England, UK. They have also built a Prime Air fulfillment center in the Cambridge area which will soon be opened to “dozens of customers”, then “hundreds more in the future”. The company posted a video on their official YouTube channel on December 14, 2016 showing the successful delivery. The company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, also tweeted about the success, which was received with a mixed response.
The patent, granted by the US patent office in April but only uncovered this week by tech analyst Zoe Leavitt, describes motherships floating above cities that release drones, that save energy by dropping with gravity before kicking in with their motors.
DRONES PATENT RULES
The patent describes a range of uses for the flying warehouses, including flying above a football game and loaded with sporting paraphernalia and food products that spectators at the game could order and get delivered instantly by drone.
“Perishable items or even prepared meals can be delivered in a timely fashion to a user,” the patent says.The abstract describes the system as having three components: the giant warehouses floating over the city; the fleet of delivery drones and smaller airships that are used to stock the warehouses and fly at a lower altitude to recover the drones.
The existence of the patent does not mean the scheme will become a reality any time soon but does indicate how Amazon is thinking of revolutionizing the delivery process.Another Amazon patent revealed this week describes a system for protecting delivery drones from hackers, lightning, and bows and arrows.
The future of drone technology, 2017 and beyond AMAZON promises to continue with its delivery system. Funny enough some viewers of amazon success video on youtube posed a comment that “Ye it is cool idea…but then some assholes will shoot/throw rocks and destroy the quad”. May I know your take on that?