In one of the largest moves towards driverless vehicles, Ford is planning to launch a fleet of driverless delivery vehicles in 2021. Their first target is dense urban areas where the delivery vans may work in concert with delivery drones. Imagine a pizza being driven to a skyscraper, then having a drone fly the pizza to a roof or a balcony on the proper floor. Cost of delivery decreases. Speed of delivery increases, especially if there’s no waiting for an elevator. The business model may be compelling. On the human side, about 827,000 people in the US have jobs as delivery drivers. The initiative may sound like science fiction, but the timetable places the introduction of the service before the end of the current US administration.
Are you sure there won’t be a billionaire’s luxury tax on top of that delivery fee? Good grief! tying drones and driverless trucks!
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