The Drum Awards Festival - Official Deadline

-d -h -min -sec

Google Artificial Intelligence Patent

Google files patent for an AI courier, unlike Amazon’s drones, it’ll be rooted to the ground


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

February 11, 2016 | 2 min read

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.

Google Artificial Intelligence Patent

More from Google

View all


Industry insights

View all
Add your own content +