Amazon has been planning for a long time to find an alternate way to deliver packages to the customers who live close to their centers. This is why they are actively working on a delivery drone that would make the entire delivery process much easier.
At the end of last year, Amazon succeeded in performing their first delivery using a drone in the United Kingdom. The strict rules that are similar to those in the U.S. restrict the possibility of such deliveries to only a few customers, so it is unlikely that such a method would become widespread too soon. Despite all this, a drone delivery is a huge achievement.
One of the main challenges that the designers of the drones need to overcome is to find a safe method to drop the package on the ground. The method used by the drone used by Amazon Prime in their latest air delivery was the landing of the device and the immediate opening of a compartment through which the package fell out.
However, this method might not be as effective as it seems. In urban areas, the streets are studded with numerous obstacles that might render this method as harder rather than easier. Also, the safety of the package might be in danger if the drone meets pets on its way or people who might spot it and try to steal the package.
This is why Amazon implemented a landing guidance system on their drone that includes parachutes, landing flaps, and compressed air. The drone analyzes the preestablished destination before landing and how its descent goes and, if something intervenes in the way, it can dispose any of the systems to assure the safe landing of the package.
This all sounds sophisticated and one would expect that such a delivery solution is more expensive. However, such a delivery method might prove efficient, but humans that perform deliveries should not get worried that they will remain unemployed. The parachute-equipped drone is just a patent.
Amazon also came with other crazy ideas regarding this delivery method. They suggested the transformation of church steeples and street pillars into charging points, so that the drones would be able to fly greater distances. Also, they wanted to create an “airborne fulfillment center”, that is a recharging base that would fly along with the drones and would help them recharge.
We never know how wacky the future of delivery might become.
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