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Amazon has applied for a new patent to ensure the safety of UAV distribution
Core hints :In its latest attempt to improve its distribution system through unmanned aerial vehicles, Amazon is solving the problems of soft landing and underwater warehouse and hopes to protect the unmanned aerial vehicles from malicious attacks.

Release date:2018-07-14

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In its latest attempt to improve its distribution system through unmanned aerial vehicles, Amazon is solving the problems of soft landing and underwater warehouse and hopes to protect the unmanned aerial vehicles from malicious attacks.
Last week, the company obtained a patent entitled " hostile control and attack avoidance of autonomous vehicles" aimed at equipping unmanned aerial vehicles with " relevant technologies to recover from hostile attacks". this concern is growing as unmanned aerial vehicles are increasingly used in the distribution process.
 
This patent is intended to protect drones from attacks by " evil individuals," that is, those who attempt to use drones to steal goods, destroy systems, or cause other types of interference.
 
Under normal operating conditions ( " mission mode" ), the control system sends UAV signals at fixed time intervals ( for example, every two or three seconds ). The UAV has a timer that resets every time it receives a signal. If there is an accident, the UAV will switch from " mission mode" to " safe mode".
 
Under such safe operating conditions, the UAV will perform " one or more preprogrammed actions aimed at reestablishing communication with the control system, regaining control of the UAV, and / or landing the UAV in a safe location. "
The communication mode is quite simple ( as shown in the figure below ).
 
If the signal sent to the UAV is interrupted for any reason, the control system will either regain control from the hacker or land the UAV.
 
A key part of the system is to enable unmanned aerial vehicles to detect safe landing sites when hacker attacks occur. The following figure shows an example of an environment in which unmanned aerial vehicles may operate in a predetermined flight mode.
 
If someone tries to take control of the UAV by force, the UAV can analyze the surrounding environment ( based on previous flights ) and find a safe place. This ensures that drones and cargo are safe under any interference.
 
In this way, Amazon can ensure that its UAV delivery system can provide what you want when you need it - without any interference at the same time.
 
This is only the latest in a series of patents related to drones that Amazon has obtained in the past few years.
 
Previous patents include drones that charge electric cars and various ways to provide storage space for drones ( think about storing them in trains, honeycomb warehouses, airships, and underwater facilities ).
 
Amazon also plans to make drones better perceive the surrounding environment. The company has also applied for two other patents for UAVs. one is one that can talk to people in the air and the other is one that can understand voice and gesture commands.
 
 
 

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