Analysis of 5,000+ Amazon patents

Patents do not always evolve into specific businesses and processes. However, a Reuters analysis of more than 5,000 patents granted to Amazon from December 2016 through May 2019 by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) indicates at least 210 of those patents cover transportation-related topics from drones to automated ground vehicles. The auto-related patent push outpaced tech rivals Apple and Alphabet’s Google, whose sister company Waymo is a self-driving pioneer.

Amazon was granted several patents that involve the transport of passengers, including a 2017 patent to provide an on-demand transportation service through a network of self-driving vehicles – a potential competitor to Uber, Lyft and Waymo, as well as major auto customers such as Volkswagen, Ford and General Motors.

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