Details have emerged about how Amazon intends to use drones as part of its retail delivery processes in years to come.
The ecommerce giant filed a patent with the US Patent Office in September of last year and that submission has now been approved and published.
The unmanned drones will apparently work by tracking the location of individuals through the data on their smartphones.
Although a series of regulatory challenges remain for Amazon in its efforts to use delivery drones in the US and around the world, it is clear from the latest patents that the company is serious about making the prospect a reality.
It is understood that Amazon is aiming to ensure that its drones can have their routes updated in real time and that they will be capable of making deliveries to a nominated home or work address, as well as to more unusual locations including boats.