Patent for drone 'delivery receptacle' filed by Google

Google’s secretive drone delivery project could include a component designed to store packages securely.

A patent filed Tuesday in the United States by the company, a unit of Alphabet Inc, describes a “delivery receptacle” designed to take packages from an “aerial delivery device” for deposit to a secure location.

The receptacle would use infrared beacons to connect with drones in the air and then guide them for delivery.

The delivery receptacle would then take the package to a safe location such as a garage, according to the patent. The patent did not provide any details on the nature of the delivery receptacle.

A spokesman for the company’s Google X research arm declined comment.

The filing provides a glimpse into a plan Google has been exploring since 2012. The project’s leader, Dave Vos, said last November it could start delivering packages by 2017. Read more

Source: reuters.com

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