Amazon's new delivery drone: Six things you must know about it

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Amazon has unveiled a revolutionary new drone -- part helicopter and part science-fiction aircraft -- that the company expects to use for test deliveries of toothpaste and other household goods starting within months. (Amazon via AP)
1/6Amazon has unveiled a revolutionary new drone -- part helicopter and part science-fiction aircraft -- that the company expects to use for test deliveries of toothpaste and other household goods starting within months. (Amazon via AP)
Amazon's new delivery drones uses computer vision and machine learning to detect and avoid people or clotheslines in backyards when landing. (Amazon)
2/6Amazon's new delivery drones uses computer vision and machine learning to detect and avoid people or clotheslines in backyards when landing. (Amazon)
The new Amazon delivery drone is displayed on a screen during a video presentation at the Amazon Re:MARS conference on robotics and artificial intelligence in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 5, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)
3/6The new Amazon delivery drone is displayed on a screen during a video presentation at the Amazon Re:MARS conference on robotics and artificial intelligence in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 5, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)
Amazon’s new drone, which doesn’t have a name yet, is the best result of more than 50,000 iterations tested on computers. It’s about six feet across and looks like some traditional multicopters with six propellers that lift it vertically off the ground. But the way it flies is unique. (Photo by Jordan Stead / Amazon / AFP)
4/6Amazon’s new drone, which doesn’t have a name yet, is the best result of more than 50,000 iterations tested on computers. It’s about six feet across and looks like some traditional multicopters with six propellers that lift it vertically off the ground. But the way it flies is unique. (Photo by Jordan Stead / Amazon / AFP)
It is surrounded by a six-sided shroud that will protect people from the propellers, but that also serves as a high-efficiency wing so that it can fly horizontally more like a plane. After it gets off the ground, the craft tilts and flies sideways -- the helicopter blades becoming more like airplane propellers..  ((Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP))
5/6It is surrounded by a six-sided shroud that will protect people from the propellers, but that also serves as a high-efficiency wing so that it can fly horizontally more like a plane. After it gets off the ground, the craft tilts and flies sideways -- the helicopter blades becoming more like airplane propellers.. ((Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP))
The Amazon device has only 10 moving parts, its six propellers and the four control surfaces that allow it to maneuver in flight, according to Kimchi, who heads the engineering team that developed the aircraft. Packages are carried in a square-shaped pod or fuselage in the middle of the drone. It’s designed to come within a foot or two of the ground and drop the package in a marked spot. (Photo: Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg)
6/6The Amazon device has only 10 moving parts, its six propellers and the four control surfaces that allow it to maneuver in flight, according to Kimchi, who heads the engineering team that developed the aircraft. Packages are carried in a square-shaped pod or fuselage in the middle of the drone. It’s designed to come within a foot or two of the ground and drop the package in a marked spot. (Photo: Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg)
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