Amazon is thinking about using its delivery drones to scan your house to sell you more stuff

Amazon’s ambitions to build a fleet of self-flying delivery drones will have an interesting side-effect: They will create unimaginable quantities of data.

Aerial footage, mapping data, flight patterns, number-crunching analysis, and more — autonomous vehicles produce vast reams of data, and drones are no different. And Amazon is already thinking about how it can turn that to its advantage.

In a filing for a patent granted on Tuesday, the Seattle-based online retail giant lays out how “captured data may be received by a computer system and properties about a destination for the delivery may be identified by analyzing the data. A recommendation may be generated based at least in part on the identified properties.”

In plain English? Amazon’s drones could analyse customers’ homes as they make deliveries, and then try and sell them products and services based on what they “see” …

Business Insider | July 26, 2017

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