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Amazon ­nveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries

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Amazon's new drone in flight.

Amazon has unveiled an aerial drone capable of vertical takeoffs and horizontal flight.

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Amazon has unveiled a drone that combines aspects of helicopters and airplanes, capable of vertical takeoffs and horizontal flight.

To be used for test deliveries of household products in the next few months, Amazon Prime Air's drone is equipped with propellers, artificial intelligence, and a battery of sensors, which together allow it to fly autonomously without endangering conventional aircraft or people on the ground.

The device is clad in a shroud to shield people from the propellers; the shroud also functions as a high-efficiency wing for horizontal flying.

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