Amazon Launches Hexagonal Drone for Even Faster Prime Deliveries


Delivering packages with the help of drones is certainly not a novelty, but it is still not spread enough to replace conventional methods. Amazon wants to change that with their new hexagonal drone, which was presented at their re:MARS Conference. This drone should improve the Primer Air delivery program, which is available in selected countries where regulations allow it.

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The newest Amazon hexagonal drone can fly up to 15 miles with one charge and carry packages that weigh up to 5 pounds (2.25 kilograms). According to Amazon, the new addition to their flying lineup can bring packages to end consumers in less than 30 minutes, which seems pretty amazing to be honest. Apart from being very fast, the hexagonal drone will help Amazon achieve its ShipmentZero vision for 50% of the deliveries to be carbon-free by 2030.  

Apart from fast deliveries, the hexagonal drone has the ability to land and takeoff vertically, which means that it can deliver a package directly to the consumer yard. According to Amazon, the drone also has a computer vision aided by machine learning algorithms that can detect telephone wires or electrical wires: “Through the use of computer-vision techniques we’ve invented, our drones can recognize and avoid wires as they descend into, and ascend out of, a customer’s yard.”

Nonetheless, these drones only work for consumers with large backyards due to the sheer size of the drone. On top of that, the consumers mustn’t have animals or people (kids) in the yard for the drone to work correctly, which is another limiting factor. However, it seems that one can free up space in the backyard at least for half an hour, or until the drone arrives with the package. The hexagonal drone will not be used in the US for now because of stringent regulations.

Bianca Van der Watt

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