Could Amazon be delivering by parachute soon?

The company just won a patent from the US government to trial new delivery options


Have you ever seen a package drop out of the sky via a parachute?

It may seem far-fetched, but Amazon doesn't seem to think so.

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The company just got a patent from the US government for potential delivery options, and one of them includes a drone that would parachute drop an item right to your door.

In past demo videos, Amazon solely used a drone to deliver packages, but now it appears that keeping the devices high in the sky could be safer and faster.

But what if the box strays off course? Amazon says the drone could send a message to the parachute device itself to keep it in line.

The company has not commented on when we could see drones making actual deliveries.

We're looking forward to the day when we order a pizza and see it fall out of the sky, but we could be waiting a while for that to happen because using a drone without supervision isn't exactly legal yet.