Amazon's drone delivery service is one step closer to taking flight

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"Through the use of computer-vision techniques we've invented, our drones can recognize and avoid wires as they descend into, and ascend out of, a customer's yard", Amazon said.

Stylesnap - which is the official name of Amazon's new clothing app - is meant to use AI to let shoppers upload a photo of an outfit they like and get recommendations for similar items to buy on Amazon.

Amazon said Wednesday it expects to begin large-scale deliveries by drone in the coming months as it unveiled its newest design for its "Prime Air" fleet.

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The drone would start shipping packages within months, starting with the US. The company says the final goal is to have "fully electric drones that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes".

After launching Amazon Prime's one day delivery, the ecommerce major is now eyeing a delivery time of under 30 minutes with its latest Prime Air drone design.

Wilke said that the company is working with several regulatory agencies to get approval.

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"We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if they know the system is incredibly safe", he said.

Despite our glibness, the drone does look reasonably cool in a slightly toy-meets-tech-way, and Amazon reckons it'll help cut down on the carbon emissions of deliveries; helping stop baby cows coughing is alright in our books. Yesterday, the FAA granted Amazon a certificate that will allow it "to operate its MK27 unmanned aircraft for research and development and crew training in authorized flight areas", according to the Daily Caller. Uber has also been testing drones in its UberEats unit to achieve fast delivery.

Amazon did not immediately respond to TheDCNF's request for comment. Google is doing something similar with its own drone delivery project.

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Whenever the drone detects an object or a person in the landing zone, it obviously aborts - or at least delays - the delivery attempt. This follows work Amazon has done on the topic of conversational AI with university researchers.

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