The rapidly expanding e-commerce industries always endeavor to come up with new and innovative ways to enhance their customer service. Amazon, which is the largest e-retailer globally as of now has recently come up with a novel idea that is about to change the way you receive your online orders at your doorsteps. Amazon has patented a way that enables its drones to chute for delivering packages at your doorstep.
BizJournals was the first to spot the patent, which was filed on 18th December 2015 with the patent number 9,731,839. According to reports, the patent describes an accordion-like tube extending from the drone to a drop-off point such, which can be your porch. The package will simply slide down through the tube to a safe landing, and the drone will be able to deliver products without ever having to land.
This patent will allow Amazon to leverage drone services for package delivery while complying with the rules and regulations pertaining to flying drone in certain areas. The drone will be enabled to deliver packages while maintaining a safe distance between the people receiving the packages and the UAV.
The innovative way of delivery through drone also aims at cutting down noise pollution. BizJournals also said that the patent describes each UAV being equipped with four chutes to make the package delivery easier and convenient in difficult weather.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, first showcased the new drone delivery unit in an interview on “60 Minutes” in December 2013. Amazon, which is looking to step-up their customer service and reduce operational costs has also filed several other patents. A patent was filed for a beehive-like structure designed for drones to pick and drop packages. Another patent for an “Aquatic Storage Facility” is to allow the e-commerce giant store products in “a body of liquid.”
Amazon’s Instant Pickup services have already rolled out in selected cities across the U.S, which enables them to pick up certain things like snacks or phone charges just within two minutes of ordering.
The recent advancements make us wonder, what the future of e-commerce will look like. If you are interested in drones and UAV’s, don’t forget to check out http://bestflighttimedrone.com/.