The commerce giant Walmart has taken the first step toward a patent and filed an application entitled “Cloning Drones Using Blockchain”. The application was filed in January 2019 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and published on August 1. The patent for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) blockchain-based coordination system was published the same day as Walmart’s digital currency patent application. Wal-Mart also had a patent publishing earlier this year for a cryptocurrency similar to Facebook’s Libra.
According to the patent, blockchain technology is used to transmit information, like drone “identification numbers, flight heights, flight speeds, flight routes, battery information, or loading capacity, to other drones. Information can be shared based on the intermediate location between drones.”
“A blockchain ledger may store any kind of information that may be stored in any other format or medium, for example, a large list of instructions of different types, navigational information, and maps,” claims the patent application. “In such a way, a same software profile may be deployed across the cloned drones.”
By encrypting data on a decentralized ledger, operational parameters can be executed without fear of being compromised. Coordination and communication, and data integrity are also listed as value uses.