Google Self-Driving Trucks Want to Deliver Your Packages

Google's self-driving delivery trucks would bring packages straight to your door. The trucks would be fitted with lockers that could be unlocked via a PIN code sent to the customer or by using the customer's credit card or an NFC reader.


Google has been awarded a patent on self-driving delivery trucks that would bring packages to your door.

Google’s self-driving delivery trucks would contain lockers that could be unlocked via a PIN code sent to the customer or by using the customer’s credit card or an NFC reader. The lockers will each contain one package, or multiple packages if they can fit and are meant for the same recipient.

Once your package is received, Google’s self-driving delivery truck is either onto its next delivery or back to the warehouse to pick up more packages.

According to the patent, the self-driving delivery truck would use similar combo of sensors, video cameras and lasers to Google’s self-driving cars to see the the world around it.

Google has also been openly working on a drone delivery program, Project Wing, that it hopes to launch in 2017.

The autonomous delivery race is certainly heating up. Amazon Prime Air, of course, has been pitching drone delivery of small items in 30 minutes or less. Amazon said Prime Air will be ready whenever the Federal Aviation Administration figures out how to best integrate commercial drones into the airspace.

[VIA] Quartz
[Source] USPO




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Comments

Steve Crowe · February 15, 2016 · 9:20 am

DonnieJ, isn’t that already happening though with human drivers? If self-driving delivery does come to fruition, it’ll be interesting to see how the laws play out. Will a human always have to be present in case of system failure? If so, what would that human do while the truck drives itself to make it financially viable for the company?

Totally_Lost · February 14, 2016 · 4:20 pm

I hope the patent is for the package bin and access, and not for self-driving delivery. Self-driving delivery is EXACTLY what DARPA/DOD was looking for in the Grand Challenges, including residential war zones.

DonnieJ · February 14, 2016 · 10:53 am

I see a lot of trouble for these self driving cars & trucks. Wrecks/people getting run over galore.


DonnieJ · February 14, 2016 at 10:53 am

I see a lot of trouble for these self driving cars & trucks. Wrecks/people getting run over galore.

Totally_Lost · February 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm

I hope the patent is for the package bin and access, and not for self-driving delivery. Self-driving delivery is EXACTLY what DARPA/DOD was looking for in the Grand Challenges, including residential war zones.

Steve Crowe · February 15, 2016 at 9:20 am

DonnieJ, isn’t that already happening though with human drivers? If self-driving delivery does come to fruition, it’ll be interesting to see how the laws play out. Will a human always have to be present in case of system failure? If so, what would that human do while the truck drives itself to make it financially viable for the company?


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