【亚马逊移动无人机平台:集配送和维护于一身的“蜂巢”】

【亚马逊移动无人机平台:集配送和维护于一身的“蜂巢”】亚马逊正在筹划的移动无人机平台功能强大!其利用计算机系统,可以计算出无人机和平台的最佳位置,然后利用无人机向用户运送存放在卡车、货车、轮船等交通工具中的货物。该平台还有维修功能,其配备有电池和各种零部件,一旦无人机出现故障,其能快速将其回收并加以维修,在最快的时间内再次投入使用。

Amazon wants to build a fleet of mobile drone stations on trains, vans, and boats that can repair and deploy UAVs while on the move, patent reveals

  • Special facilities will store, release and even repair drones, patent suggests
  • On board computers could calculate where the drone and vehicle could meet
  • Items could be launched and fixed with a robotic arm while the vehicle moves
  • The company could move products to places where they anticipate high demand
  • It is unclear when, or if, Amazon plans to construct the these mobile stations

 

Amazon believes drones are the future of parcel deliveries.

But before the company can roll out drone deliveries on a large-scale, it has some major technical challenges to overcome.

A key problem is how to keep drones in the air for a long as possible, while keeping them maintained and fully charged.

A new patent by Amazon claims to provide a solution; a mobile fleet of drones workstations based on boats, vans and trains.

These workstations could repair drones while they are being sent - along with their packages - to areas of high demand.

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A new patent filed by Amazon suggests the company could be investing in mobile drone stations on trains (pictured) that will have facilities to store, release and even repair drones

A new patent filed by Amazon suggests the company could be investing in mobile drone stations on trains (pictured) that will have facilities to store, release and even repair drones

MOBILE DRONE STATIONS

Amazon is currently investing in unmanned aerial vehicles to revolutionise the way they deliver products to consumers.

This patent suggests they will have special facilities on various vehicles that can store, release and even repair drones.

It also means the company would be able to move products to places where they anticipate high demand - for example at special event or festival.

Items could also be stored in temperature-controlled areas and would be launched using a robotic arm.

On board computer systems could calculate the best place for a drone and vehicle to meet depending on things such as how fast the train is going or how much battery life the drone has.

On board computer systems could calculate the best place for a drone and vehicle to meet depending on how fast the vehicle is going or how much battery life the drone has.

The patent filing was published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, writes Business Insider.

'Intermodal vehicles may be loaded with items and an aerial vehicle, and directed to travel to areas where demand for the items is known or anticipated', the patent filing said.

'The intermodal vehicles may be coupled to locomotives, container ships, road tractors or other vehicles, and equipped with systems for loading one or more items onto the aerial vehicle, and for launching or retrieving the aerial vehicle while the intermodal vehicles are in motion.'

The facilities look like shipping containers which could be carried by a variety of vehicles.

The company would be able to move products to places where it anticipates high demand - for example at a festival or at the launch of a new product.

Items could also be stored in temperature-controlled areas and would be launched using a robotic arm.

 

The patent states: 'The areas where the demand is known or anticipated may be identified on any basis, including but not limited to past histories of purchases or deliveries to such areas, or events that are scheduled to occur in such areas.'

'Additionally, intermodal vehicles may be loaded with replacement parts and/or inspection equipment, and configured to conduct repairs, servicing operations or inspections on aerial vehicles within the intermodal vehicles, while the intermodal vehicles are in motion.'

The patent means the company would be able to move products to places where they anticipate high demand using vans (pictured) and other vehicles

The patent means the company would be able to move products to places where they anticipate high demand using vans (pictured) and other vehicles

Computer systems could calculate the best place for a drone and vehicle, such as boat (pictured) depending on how fast the vehicle is going or how much battery life the drone has

Computer systems could calculate the best place for a drone and vehicle, such as boat (pictured) depending on how fast the vehicle is going or how much battery life the drone has

This isn't the first time that Amazon has patented a unusual idea around its drone delivery systems.

At the end of last month, Amazon filed a bizarre patent showing a nine-story hive with space for hundreds of drones.

While Amazon has not said when, or if, it plans to create the hives, the patent suggests that they could be used in 'downtown districts' or 'urban areas' where there is little space to build outwards.

The facilities look like shipping containers which could be carried by a variety of vehicles. Items could also be stored in temperature-controlled areas and would be launched using a robotic arm

The facilities look like shipping containers which could be carried by a variety of vehicles. Items could also be stored in temperature-controlled areas and would be launched using a robotic arm

The patent, which was published with the US Patent and Trademark Office, states: 'A multi-level (ML) fulfillment centre is designed to accommodate landing and takeoff of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), possibly in an urban setting, such as in a densely populated area.

'Unlike traditional fulfillment centres, the ML fulfillment centres may include many levels (i.e., stories, floors, etc.) as permitted under zoning regulations for respective areas.'

While most of Amazon's fulfilment centres are in more rural areas where there is room to sprawl out, the patent recognises that such centres wouldn't be possible in busy cities.

While you might expect a hive to be full of bees, a patent filed by Amazon last month suggests that giant versions of the structures could soon be used to house drones

While you might expect a hive to be full of bees, a patent filed by Amazon last month suggests that giant versions of the structures could soon be used to house drones

The hive is designed to accomodate landing and takeoff of unmanned aerial vehicles in urban settings where there isn't space to build outwards

The hive is designed to accomodate landing and takeoff of unmanned aerial vehicles in urban settings where there isn't space to build outwards

The patent states: 'There is a growing need and desire to locate fulfillment centres within cities, such as in downtown districts and densely populated parts of the cities.

'By locating the fulfillment centres within the cities, items may be more quickly delivered to the growing population of people that live in the cities, as well as the large population of people who work in the cities.'

The hive could complete hundreds of thousands of orders to people in cities every day, according to the patent.

Amazon has not been shy about its drone-delivery ambitions, with trials taking place in the UK at the end of 2016, and the first 'Prime Air' demonstration in the US in March

Amazon has not been shy about its drone-delivery ambitions, with trials taking place in the UK at the end of 2016, and the first 'Prime Air' demonstration in the US in March

In June, Amazon patented a new system that adds a parachute to a shipping label. The device could help to make sure that packages delivered by drone or other airborne crafts make a soft landing

In June, Amazon patented a new system that adds a parachute to a shipping label. The device could help to make sure that packages delivered by drone or other airborne crafts make a soft landing

In June, Amazon patented a new system that adds a parachute to a shipping label.

The device could help to make sure that packages delivered by drone or other airborne crafts make a soft landing.

The patent reads: 'The system can comprise a label that includes a parachute to enable the packages to be dropped from the aerial vehicle, yet land at the package's destination without damage.'

Amazon has not been shy about its drone-delivery ambitions, with trials taking place in the UK at the end of 2016, and the first 'Prime Air' demonstration in the US in March.

It is unclear if and when Amazon plans to use these patents.

 

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