Amazon showed off its new drone for delivery

For the first time, Amazon showed its latestdrone, fully electric, at the re: Mars conference in Las Vegas. It's funny that he does not look like an ordinary drone. It has an original hexagonal hybrid design, in which there are very few moving parts and a casing that protects the blades, they are the wings after the transition from the vertical take-off mode to the airplane mode. In the coming months, according to Amazon, these drones will begin shipping. It is not clear where exactly this will happen for the first time.

What does an Amazon drone look like?

However, more importantly, the droneoverflowed with sensors and a set of computing modules that use various kinds of machine learning, ensuring the safety of the drone. Today’s announcement is the first time that Amazon has publicly talked about the visual, thermal and ultrasonic sensors that it has developed on its own, and how autonomous UAV flight systems are maneuvering at the landing site. The company focused on creating a drone that would be as safe and as independent as possible.

When you see him flying in airplane mode,it is similar to the TIE fighter, where all the sensors and navigation technologies are in the core, as well as the delivery package. The new drone can fly up to 25 kilometers and carry packages up to 3 kilograms.

Amazon especially emphasizes a set of sensors and security features designed for the drone.

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Gur Kimchi, Amazon Vice President ProgramPrime Air, said that Amazon almost independently developed all the software and hardware of the drone. UAVs are able to respond to unique circumstances and independently cope with them.

Obviously, the team tried to make it as simple as possible.actual surfaces. There are four traditional control surfaces and six screws. Everything. The autopilot, which evaluates all sensory data and which Amazon also developed alone, provides the drone with six degrees of freedom to maneuver. The angular box in the center of the drone, in which the drone's “brain” is located, as well as the cargo it delivers, does not rotate. She sits rigidly inside the apparatus.

It is not yet clear how loud the drone will be. Kimchi said that making noise would be within the established safety standards, and that the noise profile also matters. He compared it with the difference between the noise in the dentist's office and classical music. In any case, when the drone flies into the yard, it will probably be heard.

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