13 February 2018
Amazon has filed yet another patent for delivery of packages via drones. The new patent talks of new drones which could be launched from the backs of trucks.
The new patent has been filed under patent number US 02018/0037322 A1 and published on February 8. The t for vision-guided autonomous ground vehicles (AGV) would be able to retrieve packages from delivery trucks and deliver them to user's doorsteps.
Amazon states that the AGVs could be used in areas of an apartment building or neighbourhood. The AGVs could travel out of a user’s residence to meet a delivery truck and receive the package. The patent also describes that the robots could be shared by neighbours, apartment building residents, etc.
Amazon’s AGV patent application reads:
"The AGV may also include a user interface. The user interface is configured to receive and provide information to a user of the AGV and may include, but is not limited to, a display, such as a touch-screen display, a scanner, a keypad, a biometric scanner, an audio transducer, one or more speakers, one or more image capture sensors, such as a video camera, and any other types of input or output devices that may support interaction between the AGV and a user."
The patent also states that a camera and vision system could also be used for the storage compartment. Amazon states that cameras sensor could also be used to capture images and/or detect any missing packages within the compartment, and more.
"The storage compartment may also include an image capture sensor, such as a camera, and optionally an illumination component (not shown), such as a light emitting diode (LED), that may be used to illuminate the inside of the storage compartment."
It remains to be seen whether Amazon’s latest patent would see the light of day or not. We ask our readers to take the news with a pinch of salt, as tech companies file thousands of patents every year, however only a few see real world-implementation.