30 Nov '15, 5pm

Amazon's Latest Drone Delivery Promo Answers Zero Important Questions

Amazon's Latest Drone Delivery Promo Answers Zero Important Questions

Amazon has decided that the most efficient drone design for deliveries is a hybrid. This is not surprising; Sony and many others decided the same thing. The video says “ACTUAL FLIGHT FOOTAGE,” which suggests that the drone is actually flying. I guess we’re supposed to be impressed by that? Now, is the drone in any way autonomous ? From the footage, it’s unclear, but there is a quote in the video that does suggest it is: “It knows what’s happening around it. It uses sense and avoid technology to sense, and then avoid, obstacles on the ground and in the air.” Contrast this quote with the information on Amazon’s website: “our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies, as well as sophisticated ‘sense and avoid’ technology.” I don’t see any sensors on the drone at all, or any evidence that the drone is actually doing sense and avoid , and the language (“will be built wi...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/aerial-robots...

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