Amazon and their creativity and drone trend has awed us in very much everything they do. A few days ago, Amazon has been awarded a patent for drone maintenance facilities that could be carried around on trains. Amazon has also launches a patent that drones can recharge and restock in huge hives, and now, Amazon has launched mobile maintenance facilities on the back of trains.
Amazon calls the mobile facilities “intermodal vehicles”, and they essentially look like shipping containers with mini fulfillment centers inside them. The patent papers mostly describe these intermodal vehicles as trains, but since they fit inside a standard shipping container, the system could also be carried by trucks, ships or, according to the ever-ambitious Amazon, even spacecraft.
A key function of fulfillment centers is UAV maintenance, and so a separate but connected container could be kitted out to repair drones as they come back. Robotic arms could repair the motors, swap out a drained battery for a fresh one from an onboard supply, or quickly replace motors or propellers.
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There’s no guarantee that these patents will even function properly or come to fruition, but Amazon and delivery companies like UPS are putting a lot of effort into the practicalities of future drone deliveries.
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