Here’s bad news for truck drivers, but great news for dogs that hate the mailman.
Google has been awarded a patent for a self-driving delivery truck that has storage lockers on the outside. Although the truck isn’t in development yet, the patent suggests that Google is getting ready to take the next step in their automated driving venture.
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How It Works
The self-driving truck will carry ordered items in each of its storage lockers. It will send the customer a notification to their phone when it’s on its way to their house. Once the truck arrives at the customer’s home, the customer will swipe a payment card or enter an access code to open their safe and receive their item. The truck will then leave and head to the next house.
Although this is an innovative idea, the technology for self-driving vehicles still isn’t perfect. There have been a few cases where Google’s self-driving car would’ve caused 13 accidents if the other driver hadn’t avoided collision. The technology just isn’t advanced enough to be able to carry valuable items that people have ordered.
In a recent breakthrough for Google, the U.S. Safety Agency declared that Google’s artificial intelligence qualifies as a driver. Now that their system has been approved, Google has the incentive to figure out the flaws in their technology and develop a fully functioning self-driving AI.
This is also huge news because Google and other companies have had a difficult time getting approval for their drones. If Google can develop a self-driving delivery truck, they can use drones to deliver packages to truck stations. This system might put the Federal Aviation Administration at ease and let them approve drone usage.
A Win For Google
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The approval of their patent and the nod from the U.S. Safety Agency constitutes a huge win for Google. If they can carry this momentum, they can revolutionize the future.