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Amazon Showcases Its Drone-Delivery System.

20 Apr, 2017
Amazon showcases its drone-delivery system

You don’t need to be Batman to order a supply drop from Alfred, courtesy Amazon Prime Air facility. Three years ago Jeff Bezos coolly pulled out a drone supply initiative from Amazon, which most critics were quick to dismiss as a publicity stunt. The drone-delivery system looked straight out from a Philip K Dick novel, and the drone technology was still unwieldy and costly to built. Not today. The airspace is filled with drones, so much so, that countries like India are trying to regulate their use while forming regulations for it. Amazon is determined to push through government regulations and start drone delivery services in near future.

The company showcased its first public test flight showcasing its “Prime Air” drone delivery system at MARS, a private Amazon tech conference in Palm Springs, California, where the drone delivered a sunscreen. The company has been privately developing its drone-delivery services in the relatively quiet area of Cambridge England, where the team has been simulating real life scenarios incurred during real life drone deliveries, while the company waits for Federal Aviation Administration, who just like their Indian Counterparts, are still to formulate rules for the drone flying in the urban populated area.
Drone flying is still viewed as an amateur fun activity which can act as a nuisance to the defense and civilian aviation. The stereotype is mostly because of its military use in the gulf theatre, which is still imprinted on the public imagination.
Drone delivery will be done from select Amazon points which will house the delivery drones. Once you place the order, select “Prime Air” 30-minute delivery and your packages would be fed through a conveyor system to the drones for delivery. The drones are equipped with censors allowing them access to real-time information about the environment and obstacles such as birds and other drones etc using “sense and avoid” technology. At the landing point, the drone would land on a safe zone signified by a prior placed amazon logo mat, delivering products in no more than 30 minutes. After dropping the package, the drones will head back to their recharging station allowing them to recharge for a new delivery.

The essence of this type of delivery system is time-management. The drones can deliver object that can be crucial to save someone’s life, such as medicines and life saving equipment, however for the time being such thoughts are just pipe dreams. The company has been doing real-life test for long-and various factors such as drone battery ,payload weight and range come into play. In case of any contingency, the drones are armed with various responses, they are figured to avoid certain ubiquitous obstacles such as clotheslines and trees. They have even being programmed with a dog barking sound to alert the others.

But fear not, we believe Moore’s law and it would take probably just a year or two before we see them flying in our neighborhood. With Google and UPS also in the race to claim a substantial part of this pie, we should be seeing real time manifestations soon.