Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone
During Amazons Re:MARS conference in Las Vegas today they announced a new version of their Prime Air drone which is capable of taking off and landing vertically while tilting in the air and flying like an aircraft.
Along with the all-new design Amazons consumer worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke emphasized the aircraft’s safety features.
“We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if the system is incredibly safe.”
The drone features a new thermal camera, depth cameras, and sonar to detect hazards better. These sensors are used by the onboard computer to identify obstacles and navigate around them automatically.
Along with the new sensors, the design of the drone also shields the spinning rotors from nearby people or objects. These covers are then used as the wings when the drone tilts sideways in the air.
In the end, Amazon hopes to use these Prime Air drones to fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages weighing under 5 pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes. According to Amazon, between 75% and 90% of all items purchased on Amazon weigh under 5 pounds.
Amazon Prime Air was announced back in 2013, and we still have yet to see a single location of it functioning as a daily service. There was one flight in England back in 2016, but that was a one-off publicity stunt. We may still have to wait several years before this drone delivery service gets off the ground.
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