Amazon recently acquired a patent for “directed fragmentation of unmanned airborne vehicles,” which is fancy speak for destroying itself. Amazon wants to be able to handle any unforeseen circumstance during a drone’s flight, where the safest option may for the drone to break into multiple pieces. The drone would also have to be able to do this whilst avoiding any damage to people or property.
Earlier this year, Amazon also filed a patent to to deliver packages using parachutes, making them descend on the specified location. The main barrier in Amazon’s plans would be the different regional laws and regulations they would have to follow, meaning some regions who have Amazon might not get drones.
For example, the UK will see big changes in drone laws by 2018 that will restrict the flight paths of drones, and allow police to ground any that pose a perceived risk.
Amazon seem determined to bring drones to the forefront of their delivery systems. Hopefully they won’t be easy to hack.