Amazon comes closer every day to making drone delivery more of a reality.
A new article, via engadget explains some of the quirks of their high flying delivery machines.
They will have different units based on locale, so that rainy areas and dry areas get their appropriate birds, and the same difference between areas with large fields vs. those with lots of tall buildings.
By tailoring them to where they will be used, this will help the drones keep from crashing and/or getting tangled in phone lines and crashing thru a living room window.
Two great quotes from the article, the first on how these drones will avoid trees:
These drones are more like horses than cars — and let me explain why. If you have a small tree in your front yard, and you want to bang your car into it for some reason, you can do that. Your spouse might not be happy with you, but you can do it. But try riding a horse into the tree. It won’t do it. The horse will see the tree and go around it. Same way our drones will not run into trees, because they will know not to run into it.
The other quote talks about those vigilantes who enjoy shooting drones out of the skies:
There is, however, no avoiding thieves with guns. The company’s hoping that people will get tired of shooting at its drones once the novelty wears off.
They aren’t sure where they will launch Prime Air first, as they continue to work with Federal Agencies to make it legal here in the States.