Last year, Amazon captured the world's interest with a video that showed drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, delivering purchases from the popular ecommerce site. The idea was met with almost equal parts excitement and scorn, as many recognized that the technology could not possibly be ready for a number of years.
However, this week Amazon got one step closer to being able to deliver its packages from the sky. After submitting the original paperwork in September 2014, its patent has been approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the details are now a matter of public record.
But that doesn't mean you should start expecting drone deliveries anytime soon. According to Gizmodo, there are multiple hurdles left to clear, including the fact that commercial drone use remains illegal at this time. The source seemed to think that the move is largely a marketing ploy meant to capture the public's fascination as well as to gain an upper hand on competitors such as Google, which also has said it is working on its own delivery drone program.
"Amazon details the many steps of the process, but doesn't actually describe how it intends to go about accomplishing it. For example, it details the many stages and factors by which a drone's flight path will be delivered," wrote Mario Aguilar for Gizmodo. "All of which underscores that Amazon might never ever ever ever actually implement delivery drones."
While getting your company's orders delivered by drone might seem fun and futuristic, it is a long time away. In the meantime, you can trust Reliable Runners to fulfill your orders in the most efficient way possible, satisfying your customers and allowing you to focus on other areas of your business model.