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Report: Amazon drones may do more than deliver

The 1982 Alan Parsons Project classic “Eye in the Sky” might be a good theme song for Amazon’s planned drone fleet.

According to The Telegraph, Amazon has filed for a U.S. patent on “surveillance as a service” technology that would monitor customer homes from its delivery drones. The drones would film and record customer homes as they passed overhead, looking for signs of break-ins, vandalism, or other problems. Anything suspicious would be photographed and/or recorded and sent to the customer and local police.

Customers would opt-in to the system, and could request drone surveillance on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Night vision cameras and infrared cameras would allow surveillance after dark.

Amazon said it would digitally remove footage and recordings of any homes that did not opt-in to the program, although there may still be privacy concerns.

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