Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re a supply drone with a flight period of 20 minutes together with your present payload, however due to delays (use your creativeness) you’re by no means going to make it in time. What do you do, scorching shot? What do you do? You land on a road mild that’s been transformed right into a drone charger! Thank goodness Amazon patented these.
Sure, the patent was granted at the moment for a “Multi-use UAV docking station system” that lives on the prime of one in every of a metropolis’s ubiquitous road lamps — and actually, when you consider it, that’s a reasonably good concept.
It have to be stated, in fact, that this patent has a few snowball’s probability in hell of showing in the actual world: not solely would Amazon need to pay good cash to make use of metropolis infrastructure, however that presupposes that the federal government would even go for it within the first place. A heavy, cargo-bearing drone making a touchdown on a platform hardly greater than itself — probably in dangerous climate, and virtually definitely above pedestrians? Good luck getting anybody to signal off on that!
It’s extra probably that non-public property house owners with roof area to spare would signal off on having a drone zone put in, though anybody who opts in will probably rue it briefly order because the fixed buzz of drones drives them mad.
Nonetheless, it is sensible, and one thing prefer it — with changes for actuality — might seem sooner or later if we're to have the drone-based mostly financial system we’ve been promised for therefore lengthy.
It might look extra just like the other illustrations within the patent, which embrace a spot to drop off packages, that are then consumed by the construction and distributed by way of Amazon Lockers under, or held for an additional supply drone. Truly, add a second door (and elective charger) to the highest of a Cleveron PackRobot, and you just about have what Amazon is proposing right here.
And naturally there’s additionally the likelihood that it by no means seems, like so many patented concepts and objects. You possibly can examine the patent and its quite a few illustrations and flowcharts over at the US Patent and Trademark Office’s website.
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