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Amazon’s new Prime Air delivery drone features hybrid design

Amazon’s new Prime Air delivery drone features hybrid design

Amazon is eyeing to bring the new drone into the mainstream delivery network within the next few months.

Further for wire detection, Amazon has invented computer-vision techniques which will help the drone to recognize and avoid wires as it descends into, and ascend out of, a customer's yard.

Amazon says its new Prime Air drone will be begin making deliveries to customers "within months".

Jeff Wilke, chief executive of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, said "a safe".

By the end of this year, customers in the U.S. and some advanced could receive Amazon orders delivered by a drone.

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The hexagonal drone can fly for up to 15 miles, reach consumer locations within 30 minutes and carry parcels of up to five pounds. "Can we deliver packages to customers even faster?" At the conference, Amazon also formally introduced "StyleSnap", a feature on its smartphone app that lets shoppers upload a picture of an outfit they like and get recommendations for similar items to buy. These drones are part of the company's Prime Air program which the company has been testing in multiple global locations through its development centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, France and Israel.

"The FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Certificate to Amazon Prime Air allowing the company to operate its MK27 unmanned aircraft for research and development and crew training in authorised flight areas", an FAA spokesperson said in an official statement.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates commercial use of drones in the US, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. "This certificate is valid for one year and is eligible for renewal", the FAA added.

To detect moving objects, like a paraglider or helicopter, it uses proprietary computer-vision and machine learning algorithms.

Whenever the drone detects an object or a person in the landing zone, it obviously aborts - or at least delays - the delivery attempt. "Amazon is a large enough company now that we need to be doing things that, if they work, can actually move the needle".