A new technological leap is scored by Amazon as it announced that it will use self-piloted drones to deliver packages to shoppers’ home in the coming months.
The online shopping giant explained that its new drones use computer vision and machine learning to detect and avoid people or clotheslines in backyards when landing, AP reported.
“From paragliders to power lines to a corgi in the backyard, the brain of the drone has safety covered,” said Jeff Wilke, who oversees Amazon’s retail business.
Wilke pointed out to that fact that the drones are fully electric, can fly up to 15 miles (24 kilometers), deliver in 30 minutes and carry goods that weigh up to 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms).
According to AP, Amazon has been working on drone delivery for years. Back in December 2013, Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos told the “60 Minutes” news show that drones would be flying to customer’s homes within five years. But that deadline passed due to regulatory hurdles.
Wilke said that the company is working with several regulatory agencies to get approval. “We expect to do it within months,” he said.