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Amazon self-driving delivery drone will be ready to ferry packages

Amazon self-driving delivery drone will be ready to ferry packages
June 7 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/7/2019 12:50:54 PM IST

 Amazon’s next-generation autonomous delivery drone could soon show up in your backyard. 

The e-commerce giant announced at its inaugural re:MARS conference in Las Vegas that it plans to use self-driving drones to deliver packages to shoppers’ homes in the coming months.  

It didn’t give an exact timeline or say where the drones will be making deliveries.  

But Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s CEO of worldwide consumer, said the opportunity for drone delivery is ‘tremendous,’ as it could allow the firm to accelerate its already speedy shipping process, which recently expanded to include next-day and same-day delivery. 

The announcement came as Amazon also unveiled a slew of other updates, including ‘StyleSnap,’ which is being billed as a Shazam for clothes, as well as new capabilities for Alexa, its AI-powered digital assistant.   

The new drones use computer vision and machine learning to detect and avoid people or laundry clotheslines in backyards when landing.

‘From paragliders to power lines to a corgi in the backyard, the brain of the drone has safety covered,’ said Jeff Wilke, who oversees Amazon’s retail business.

Amazon says it’s ‘pioneering autonomous drone delivery technology.’ 

Unlike previous versions, Amazon’s redesigned drone acts similar to a helicopter, in that it’s capable of vertical takeoffs and landings. 

It can just as easily transition back to airplane mode, during which it maintains forward flight.

Additionally, the drone’s rotors are completely covered to increase the device’s safety. 

‘Our newest drone design includes advances in efficiency, stability and, most importantly, in safety,’ Wilke said in a blog post announcing the drone. 

‘It is also unique, and it advances the state of the art,’ he added. 

Wilke said the drones are fully electric, can fly up to 15 miles and carry packages that weigh up to five pounds.

The drone uses a combination of thermal cameras, depth cameras and sonar to detect objects in its surroundings.  

Amazon has been working on drone delivery for years.  

(Dailymail)

 

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