Google has filed a patent for an “autonomous courier”, hinting that it’s AI cars could see wider applications than merely the transportation of passengers.
The automated Google delivery van, according to the filing, will serve as an “autonomous road vehicle” that hosts “securable compartments” for each package.
With the correct delivery locations coded in, consumers will be able to pick up their specific package by inputting a speciially generated access code into their compartment.
The design, served to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, takes a drastically different approach to goods distribution than Amazon which is relying on automated drones.
A solution could however lie somewhere in the common ground between both entries with an automated van carrying multiple automated drones, thus solving the Amazon Air Prime range issue.