Google's Patent for Self-Driving Delivery Trucks

Like Amazon Lockers but on wheels

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Fri, Feb 12th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With U.S. vehicle regulators telling Google that a "computer can qualify as a driver," it didn't take long for the company to apply for and obtain a patent for self-driving delivery trucks.

Google also presents the idea that customers could pay for their items right there, which could turn self-driving trucks into rolling vending machines.

The patent focuses on last-mile deliveries, as opposed to shipping stuff cross-country in self-driving cars. That would fit in with the existing hub-and-spoke model. The trucks would also work better in dense urban areas where drones probably won’t be allowed to fly, let alone drop boxes from the sky.

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