Remember when I told you that Amazon was thinking about using drones to deliver packages? Well, it looks like the company is one step closer to accomplishing that goal. It just secured a patent that gives us all sorts of information about the drone deliverymen that Amazon is developing.
Filed in September last year and granted at the end of the last month, US Patent No. 20150120094 relates to the use of "an unmanned aerial vehicle ("UAV") configured to autonomously deliver items of inventory to various destinations."
According to the patent, the drones will be able to plan their own routes and even communicate with one another in case obstacles like bad weather pop up. They could also look out for humans and animals constantly to avoid collisions.
The drones would fly autonomously, but that doesn't mean people are out of the picture altogether. The patent mentions that drone operators may still be used to help land the delivery vehicles.
It's likely that drones will be able to deliver your packages wherever you are. You could choose normal options like home or work, but that's not all. The drones could also deliver packages right to your feet when you're out and about using your GPS location.
Securing a patent doesn't necessarily mean Amazon will be using drones here anytime soon. The FAA gave the company permission to perform trials in the U.S., but the agency is still tangling with many issues related to using drones for commercial use.