Tag Archives: Prototypes and Patents

Driverless delivery: Amazon’s latest patent combines autonomous trucks with drones

Amazon.com Inc. has patented autonomous delivery truck technology that could work with drones to deliver packages more quickly and efficiently. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded the patent — filed in December 2014 — on Tuesday. It describes driverless … Continue reading

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Walmart files patent for drone shopping assistants

US supermarket giant Walmart has filed a patent to create a system of drones that can help customers with price verification and locate products in the store. The patent, which was published on 22 March 2018, but filed on 19 … Continue reading

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Passenger drones are a better kind of flying car

TRAVELLERS have long envied the birds. In 1842 William Henson, a British lacemaker, somewhat optimistically filed a patent for an “aerial steam carriage”. It took another 60 years and the arrival of the internal combustion engine before Orville and Wilbur … Continue reading

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Can Edible Drones Deliver Humanitarian Aid?

People trapped in war-torn or disaster-ravaged areas desperately need food and medical supplies. But how do you get it to them? Nigel Gifford thinks he has an answer: an edible drone. Gifford, founder and chairman of two-year-old Windhorse Aerospace, based … Continue reading

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