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May 11, 2015

Amazon drone delivery driven by mobile GPS data

Details surfaced in the patent filing with US Patent Office.

By CBR Staff Writer

Amazon’s delivery drones or ‘unmanned aerial vehicle’ (UAV) will deliver goods by tracking the mobile GPS data of the buyer.

The details of Amazon’s delivery drones have emerged after the online major filed patents with the US Patent Office, detailing how the drones would work.

According to the patent, the drone will be able to track the delivery location through the data from the user’s smartphone GPS location, and deliver the goods even if the mentioned location is changed.

It was also revealed that the drones’ vehicle management system will include a processor, radar, sonar, and cameras to provide smooth transportation of goods.

The document added, "The UAV may receive inventory information and a destination location and autonomously retrieve the inventory from a location within a materials handling facility, compute a route from the materials handling facility to a destination and travel to the destination to deliver the inventory."

The delivery drones will also be capable of communicating with each other regarding weather and traffic conditions.

Amazon is planning to introduce different types of drones, which will suit the requirements of different kinds of products.

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The vehicles will also be able to avoid obstacles on its way by monitoring its path for humans or other animals that may become the source of obstruction.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already teamed up with CNN, BNSF Railway and PrecisionHawk to study the usage of drones and expand its operations.

The ecommerce giant has been testing its UAVs in Canada, and back in March, the company received permission from the FAA to test the unnamed vehicles in the US.cbr

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