Amazon gets patent for parachute drone deliveries

Parachute patent for Amazon Credit: Amazon

We could soon see parcels delivered by parachute if technology giant Amazon gets its way.

The Online merchant has just been granted a patent for a mechanism to allow parcels to be dropped by chute onto customers property.

It comes less then six months after the firm made the world's first delivery by aerial drone in Cambridgeshire.

One of the first aerial delivery drones Credit: Amazon

And earlier this year the firm announced it was expanding its research and development base in Cambridge. It already has one base in the city, but will open another site near the train station with the capacity for over 400 employees to be based there.

It's part of the company's commitment to developing drone technology

You can see the patent in full here.