IBM has developed a system to allow for the inflight transfer of goods between drones.

The company was granted a patent last month for a platform that would extend the range of drone deliveries. Providing ‘in-flight drone-to-drone package transfers’ will help overcome many of the challenges a single service creates, such as limited range.

“Drones have the potential to change the way businesses operate and by leveraging machine learning, drones could change ecommerce,” said Sarbajit Rakshit, IBM Master Inventor and co-inventor on the patent. “Our inventor team is focused on improving how the most valuable cargo is delivered globally. This could create opportunities such as managing drones to deliver postal packages and medicine in developing countries via the most direct route.”