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Google Patent Envisions Driverless Vehicle Bringing Packages to Your Door

In a patent filed Feb. 9, Google forecasts potential interest in using autonomous, self-driving vehicles to deliver packages, a concept Amazon and Google have both been exploring with the use of drones.

The patent, number 9,256,852 B1, contemplates a "package delivery platform."

Here's the text of the patent abstract: "An autonomous road vehicle is operative to receive destination information, and to drive to a destination based on the destination information. A package securing subsystem is attached to the autonomous road vehicle and comprises at least one securable compartment. Each securable compartment is operative to secure at least one package therein. Each securable compartment is associated with compartment access information. An access subsystem comprising at least one access information interface. The access subsystem is operative, upon receipt through the access information interface of compartment access information, to permit access to the compartment associated with the received compartment access information."

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The patent, number 9,256,852 B1, contemplates a "package delivery platform."

Here's the text of the patent abstract: "An autonomous road vehicle is operative to receive destination information, and to drive to a destination based on the destination information. A package securing subsystem is attached to the autonomous road vehicle and comprises at least one securable compartment. Each securable compartment is operative to secure at least one package therein. Each securable compartment is associated with compartment access information. An access subsystem comprising at least one access information interface. The access subsystem is operative, upon receipt through the access information interface of compartment access information, to permit access to the compartment associated with the received compartment access information."

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