Amazon Unveils Delivery Drone For One-day Prime Shipping

Posted: Jun 6 2019, 1:08am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Amazon unveils delivery drone for one-day Prime shipping
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The AI-integrated drones are taking flight within months.

Global e-commerce giant Amazon debuted its new autonomous delivery drone to cope with growing delivery demand now that it launched its one-day shipping program for Prime members.

The company’s latest technology was introduced at its re:MARS Conference in Las Vegas, where it also showcased its latest technologies, just days after Apple’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in California.

Amazon said it has been working on fully electric drones that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes. It comes as Amazon started offering one-day shipping from the previous two-day delivery option for Prime members

The company said the drone design is built with advanced efficiency, stability and safety, and is hybrid, meaning it can do vertical takeoffs and landings like a helicopter.

Amazon added that it has integrated the latest artificial intelligence into the drones, such that the drones would know how to react to its flight environment and identify static and moving objects coming from any direction. The machine learning algorithms and computer vision that was built into the drones are able to detect moving objects like a paraglider or helicopter.

When approaching the ground to descend for deliveries, the drone uses stereo vision and AI algorithms to detect people and animals, as well as clotheslines, telephone wires, or electrical wires before it lands to the ground.

The announcement comes almost a year after Amazon showcased its package-delivering drone prototypes at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. At the time of the exhibit in August 2018, Amazon initially planned the rollout of the actual drones to take place in 2021.

The online retailer is now looking at rolling out the drones within months. So check-in now and sign-up for Amazon Prime.

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