AFTER DEMONSTRATING to the world how Amazon Air would deliver goods in under 30 minutes by drone clearly the feedback was that it's not fast enough.
Now Amazon appears to be considering dispensing with the whole ‘landing' part and plans to dive-bomb customers with a payload of Tom Kerridge books and milk from parachutes.
This would, of course, be a lot easier from a logistical point of view, turning the physical complications of landing into onboard calculations of wind resistance, trajectory, and whether a Best of Miley Cyrus is likely to pierce flesh when dropped from 100m.
Apparently, the drone will hover until its happy that it hasn't left Fifty Shades of Grey in the gutter (the other kind), and if necessary will fly back to make amends using a mixture of hot gusts of air, extending rods and flaps and springs. So just like Fifty Shades of Grey then. Then, when it's safe, the drone will disappear off in a hot spurt.
The addition of parachutes should reduce the risk of skull fracture, plus you get a handy parachute for your Action Man (or Barbie, we're not judging) free.
The patent explains: "The package delivery system can apply the force on to the package in a number of different ways. For example, pneumatic actuators, electromagnets, spring coils and parachutes can generate the force that establishes the vertical descent path of the package."
Amazon Air's current tests in Cambridgeshire, which we showed you before Christmas, are limited to two households with massive gardens, showing how much refinement is needed to the project to become viable.
Then there's the worlds aviation authorities who are freaked enough about everyone and his auntie being able to fly stuff, so the regulations are going to be an issue, though the UK government is already demonstrating its commitment to flexibility in the issue. µ
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