Amazon Patents Self-Destructing Drone2017-12-01 16:39 by Daniela
Tags: Amazon, drones
Amazon has been granted a patent on tech that would allow its drones to self-destruct in the event of an emergency. The patent in question is titled "Directed fragmentation for unmanned airborne vehicles." It describes a fragmentation controller fitted to a drone that can take over when a failure is detected. That failure may be the on-board battery exploding, the structure cracking, or a rotor failing, for example.
The idea is that Amazon's technicians and computers would take a look at where the drone is flying, examine the terrain below, take account of any wind or other weather conditions and then automatically break up the drone into smaller pieces that might cause less damage as they fall.
A self-destructing drone is just the latest in a number of recent unusual patents Amazon has filed/won. Earlier this year the company detailed an underwater storage facility, a drone delivery tower, and a parachute shipping label.
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