Gur Kimchi, vice president of Prime Air, talks about Amazon’s drone delivery service. Federal officials recently approved a patent for the company to explore allowing its drones to provide “home surveillance” for its customers.
Going on vacation and want some extra security around your home? Someday you may be able to call Amazon’s drones.
The Seattle tech giant is moving closer to making that scenario a real possibility after winning approval from federal officials this month for a patent for “home surveillance” drones.
Company officials stress that the plan is still in its infancy, but the patent papers describe a future in which Amazon customers order drones to hover around a home and scan for things such as a garage door left open, a broken window, graffiti or a fire.
As Amazon envisions, a customer can have a package delivered by drone and then instruct the unmanned aerial vehicle to conduct a “surveillance action,” the authors of the patent wrote.
When the drone detects something awry, a text message or telephone call can be sent to the homeowner or to local authorities.