It’s not secret Amazon wants to leverage drones to help deliver packages. A recent patent might shed light on how the process could work.
Amazon earned a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a drone system allowing the vehicle to react when someone waves their hands or shouts.
The patent was first spotted by tech site Geekwire.
When a drone recognizes a human gesture through one of its sensors, it will process it against a database of gestures then respond accordingly.
One example explains how a humans waving their arms “in a shooing manner” could signal to the drone not to move any further, causing the vehicle to adjust its speed or trajectory.
“On the other hand, the human recipient may wave his arms in an inviting manner as the vehicle approaches,” reads an excerpt from the patent. “This may be interpreted by the vehicle as an instruction to land and deliver the package.”
Amazon is testing drone delivery through its service Prime Air, completing the first delivery by air in the United Kingdom in December 2016.
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