The following is an excerpt from Alyssa Newcomb | November 30, 2015 | abcnews.go.com |
Amazon has given its vision what the future could look like with its Prime Air drones delivering packages -- perhaps even those from future Cyber Mondays -- in just 30 minutes.
Despite regulatory hurdles, the retailer is moving full speed ahead with its dream of making delivery drones as common as mail trucks. Amazon over the weekend gave the world a look at one of its newest delivery drone prototypes.
The aerial vehicle can carry packages weighing up to five pounds as they cruise below an altitude of 400 feet to reach their destinations. "Sense and avoid" technology helps the drones steer clear of any potential obstacles while flying their delivery routes, according to a video released by Amazon.
The drones are designed to ascend vertically and fly horizontally. Once they reach their destination, the drones are able to scan for a clear landing spot and descend vertically to drop a package before moving back into the air.
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