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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

More on Amazon Air Drone

 More technical details.   Not much yet about the underlying process.  That is which type orders, in which locations and what decisions will be made to decide which deliveries will be made this way.  As I  also mentioned, will this crowd the skies?   Are there further predicted regulations to to consider?

Amazon unveils new Prime Air drone    By Dan Berthiaume in ChainstoreAge

Amazon is aiming for deliveries of small items in less than 30 minutes with its latest drone design.

The e-tail giant publicly debuted the new drone at its re:MARS conference (Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space) in Las Vegas. The new drone features a hybrid design, meaning it can perform vertical takeoffs and landings like a helicopter. However, the drone can also shift to an airplane mode once it is in the air for efficient, aerodynamic flight.

The drone’s wings also serve as shrouds that enclose the device for safety. For additional safety, Amazon designed the drone with six degrees of motion freedom, instead of the standard four for aircraft, which makes it more stable, and capable of operating safely in more gusty wind conditions.

Furthermore, artificial intelligence (AI) technology enables the drone to independently react to changes in its flight environment. While in transit, computer vision and machine learning technology will let the drone detect static and moving objects in its path. Before descending for delivery or ascending after a delivery is complete, stereo vision technology and AI algorithms allow the drone to detect and avoid obstacles such as people, animals, and wires.

Amazon intends the new drones to fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes.  .... " 

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