Amazon Explores Having Its Drones Provide 'Home Surveillance' For Customers

Amazon patents ‘helpful’ surveillance delivery drones that totally don’t spy on your neighbors

Amazon patents ‘helpful’ surveillance delivery drones that totally don’t spy on your neighbors

Amazon has filed a patent for delivery drones that also surveil customers - for their own good, it claims, suggesting that a drone will inform people if there's a fire or damage on their property but won't snoop around.

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.

Amazon received a patent for what it calls "Image creation using geo-fence data" from the US Patent and Trademark Office in early June.

The patent states the cameras could capture infrared, thermal or night-vision imaging, as well as audio.

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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.

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The application for the patent was documented by the online business monster in 2015 and allowed on June 4.

"Patents take multiple years to receive and do not necessarily reflect our current product roadmap", Tagle told FOX Business on Friday. Indeed, while Amazon has been talking up drone delivery since 2013, it has never quite managed to get off the ground.

Amazon told Business Insider that the "patent clearly states that it would be an opt-in service available to customers who authorize monitoring of their home".

The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates the commercial use of drones in the US, did not immediately respond to a request for comment after the announcement.

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