Despite there being no obvious answer as to how aerial drones are to be regulated by aviation authorities – particularly in the airspace above densely populated cities – Amazon has pressed ahead with designs for drone distribution hubs. They look uncannily like a beehive. You have to applaud Amazon for its creative tenacity, and this article from The Verge describes a recently filed patent application that sets out several versions of “multi-level fulfilment centres for unmanned aerial vehicles”. Even if none of them actually get built, this article is a fascinating insight into how Amazon thinks.

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