Driverless Mail Delivery

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Mail delivery has come a long way since the creation of the Post Office in 1775. From horse-drawn carriages to the modern Long Life Vehicle, new and more efficient opportunities to deliver mail have been adopted over the many years of mail delivery. With a new technology pioneered by Google, an additional leap forward could enhance mail delivery yet again.

Currently in the testing stage of development, Google has created a technology that gives conventional cars the ability to drive themselves. Using a 64-beam laser radar system mounted on the top of the vehicle, Google’s self-driving vehicles can cruise city streets, navigate tight corners, and travel across great distances amidst other motorists without an accident.

The navigation system uses its laser radar system and maps of the area to generate a picture of where it is to determine how to get to where it needs to go. Countless tests have been conducted using the system, and no self-driving vehicle caused accidents have been reported thus far.

While it may be some time before self-driving vehicles are in wide-spread circulation, several states are preparing for that eventually. California, Nevada, Michigan and Florida have enacted specific law pertaining to driverless vehicles, and others states may soon follow suit.

When such technology becomes widely accepted, its integration into postal vehicles may not be far behind. Driverless LLVs could have the potential to safely transport a carrier along a route, allowing him or her additional opportunities to prepare mail for the next delivery and reduce overall delivery times.

To see a Google test car in action, click here.

Do you think mail delivery could someday be assisted by driverless LLVs?

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2 Comments

  1. Grannybunny

     /  February 26, 2014

    We already have driverless LLV’s; they’re called “rollaways” and “runaways,” depending upon whether the engine is running! 🙂

  2. Jonn

     /  February 26, 2014

    Ha! The future is here already.

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