Cooperative autonomous aerial and ground vehicles for item delivery

Utility Patent Grant (B1)

December 24, 2019

Source: USPTO via Sqoop

Assignees: Amazon Technologies, Inc.

Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Ethan Zane Evans

The present disclosure is directed toward the use of two or more autonomous vehicles, working in cooperation, to deliver an item between a source location and a destination location. For example, an autonomous ground based vehicle may transport an item from a source location to a transfer location and an autonomous aerial vehicle will transport the item from the transfer location to the destination location. The transfer location may be at any location along a navigation path between the source location and the destination location. In some examples, the transfer location may be adjacent the destination location such that the autonomous aerial vehicle is only transporting the item a short distance.