23 Aug '16, 12am

Lamp posts could be used as drone docking stations

Amazon's plans to use delivery drones for its packages through Amazon Prime Air as been further extended as Amazon has been awarded a patent from the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office for a drone docking system. Amazon proposes for their drones to dock and recharge on street lamps and other urban poles. In the Abstract of the filed patent says "The docking stations can be networked with a central control and a plurality of UAVs. The docking stations can include a number of services to facilitate both UAV guidance and maintenance and community acceptance and benefits. The docking stations can include package handling facilities and can act as a final destination or as a delivery hub. The docking stations can extend the range of UAVs by providing recharging/refuelling stations for the UABs. The docking stations can also include navigational aid to guide the UAVs to ...

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