There are numerous obstacles retailers need to overcome before employing drones to deliver packages – and the UAV’s lifespan is at the top of the list. However, Amazon seems to be headed in the right direction with an application that illustrates using ‘docking stations’ for its autonomous carriers.
Amazon’s newly awarded patent describes using tall structures such as lamp posts or churches that would allow the drones to recharge and continue on their route.
This can enable the UAVs to avoid bad weather, recharge/refuel, drop off packages, pick-up packages and communicate with control systems. Drones can stop to grab a new battery pack or fuel tank and also hand off the package to a drone that has more power.