Amazon is toying with the idea of equipping its autonomous delivery drones with parachutes. This would enable the flying contraptions to float packages down to the ground in situations where landing could prove tricky.
The potential plans are outlined in a new US patent spotted by CNN. Amazon has already successfully tested drone deliveries in Cambridge, but the company still needs to work out the best way to approach densely populated urban areas safely
Landing a drone takes more time and energy than keeping it in the air, according to the patent, which suggests that the drones could use magnets, parachutes or spring coils to release packages mid-flight.
What’s more, they could also monitor the packages as they fall to ensure they land in the right place, and radio a message to a parcel that’s veered off-course