Category AMAZON

Amazon foresees drone-delivery towers for urban areas

This cylindrical hive is Amazon’s vision of a UAV delivery center, where trucks can deliver loads of items for aerial last-mile delivery by swarms of multicopter drones (Credit: USPTO

A patent filed by Amazon outlines the company’s vision for vertical drone delivery hives that could be destined for urban centers. These tall, multilevel cylinders would receive truck freight at the ground level, with robots then loading up delivery drones that would leave and return through dozens of windows dotted up the sides of the structure.

Amazon’s vast order fulfillment centres are already otherworldly...

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Amazon patent proposes using lamp posts as drone docking charging stations

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Using the docking station, Amazon’s drones could come down to recharge ahead of the next leg of their journey.

Lamp posts are a popular resting place for tired birds, but our feathered friends may soon find themselves with a little competition for these convenient perches. Amazon has been awarded a patent for a drone docking system that would see its flying delivery robots come down to recharge on structures like street lamps and power poles before continuing onto their final destination.

Amazon filed the patent back in November 2014, describing a multipurpose system of docking stations that can be networked with a central control point and a fleet of drones. This came almost a year after the e-commerce giant first revealed its plans to deliver items in 30 minutes by autonomous dron...

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Look out London: Amazon drone delivery trials to kick off in the UK

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Amazon approached the UK government last year to enquire about trialing its drone delivery technology.

Amazon has found itself a new ally in its plans to get the Prime Air delivery service off the ground, today announcing a partnership with the UK government to commence trials using its autonomous drones. The agreement will enable Amazon to test out the technologies behind its drone delivery service, an audacious plan that it first announced in December of 2013.

It has been slow-going since Amazon’s initial big reveal of its drone intentions, with regulators in the US giving the e-commerce giant little room to move when it comes to conducting real-world trials, let alone actually implementing the service on any scale.

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced

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Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter

Not everyone is thrilled with the rise of civilian drones in American skies. Last week, after Amazon hyped its plan to deliver packages in half an hour via UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), we wondered about the drone backlash happening in many part of the U.S. And while an angry few threatened to shoot down these delivery drones, a more pressing concern seems to be: What if people try to hack them?

Just last week, security researcher Samy Kamkar made news after announcing he had modified his Parrot AR.Drone quadcopter to hunt and hijack other drones. Employing simple hardware including a Raspberry Pi computer and a wireless transmitter, plus software tools such as aircrack-ng and Kamkar’s own Skyjack, the pirate drone scans for nearby Parrot IP addresses...

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Meet the Kiva robot-Amazon’s busiest employee

As consumers buy more from the Internet’s largest retailer, it stays on top of it  by fitting out warehouses with robots that work at speeds faster than humans can
amazon-kiva-robots-images www.spy-drones (11)The fleet of machines — installed in 10 of Amazon’s US warehouses in California, Texas, New Jersey, Washington and Florida — enable the company to deliver millions of items to customers. Along with many other retailers, the online shopping giant started its Black Friday sales a week early, building up to one of its busiest days of the year — Cyber Monday. Last year, customers ordered more than 36.8 million items globally, or 426 items per second, according to Amazon.

Amazon expects that number to go up this year but wouldn’t say by how much...

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has his sight on drone deliveries. 

In the quest to build drones that can help companies like make door-to-door deliveries, engineers are racing to overcome a fundamental challenge: helping unmanned, suitcase-sized aircraft see where they’re going.

The answer is developing sensors that are smart enough to keep the drones from smacking into buildings, people and anything else that would impede travel – yet small and light enough that the machines can stay aloft.

Start-ups around the US, eager for a slice of a market projected by Teal Group to more than double to $US11.6 billion ($12.4 billion) by 2023, are responding...

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(Reuters) – Inc is testing delivery packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said Sunday on the CBS television program “60 Minutes.”

Bezos said the drones, unmanned vehicles that fly through the air, could deliver packages that weigh up to five pounds (2.3 kg). That represents roughly 86 percent of packages that Amazon delivers, he said.

The drones, which would pick up items from Amazon’s distribution centers and fly them to customer’s homes, probably won’t be put into use for four or five years, Bezos said.


Henry Sapiecha

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