Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered new information about the company’s delivery drones during the 2016 Pathfinder Awards ceremony on Saturday. The key detail: How the drones know where to land.
“If you have a landing field, you can mark it with a symbol that you can print out with your printer and put it wherever you want the vehicle to land,” Bezos said. “It will come over, see it, and land. And if it sees anything that makes it nervous it can divert or phone home for help.”
Bezos also confirmed several known aspects of the delivery drone design and its capabilities.
“The vehicle is completely autonomous. It lands by itself, navigates by itself, and can fly more than 50 miles per hour,” he said. “It has a twenty-mile range, round-trip, and can deliver packages five pounds or less.”