AI News, We Do Not Need Flying Delivery Drones, Just Smarter Ground Robots

We Do Not Need Flying Delivery Drones, Just Smarter Ground Robots

The only reason delivery trucks—such as the large brown trucks we see everywhere—only deliver to me around 4 p.m. each day is simply the time taken for one driver to take each parcel to an address.

And in the case of the brown truck, it would mean that when my new purchase arrives at my local distribution center at, say, 2 p.m., it would be actually delivered the same day.

That would be possible because our new fast delivery service would return to the distribution center and pick up another load, since now it can deliver to many houses at the same time (at least in a residential area).

All the robotic vehicles in his truck would already have self loaded their parcels and, after the doors open, they would scurry out to their addresses to drop the parcels, then return to the truck.

Yes, we would all like to receive a package 30 minutes after ordering, but the best start could be to take our current delivery systems and enable the drivers to be able to deliver much faster and multiple times through the day.

Car Shipping Time Frames

Aside from the shipping price and insurance, customers are especially concerned with the time frame it will take to pick up and deliver their cars.

Lead time, or how long it will take for a driver to be assigned to your order is also greatly dependent on the resources of the transportation company that you are working with.

Most auto transport companies also reserve the right to use a local tow truck to make their pick up before loading vehicle on a large car hauler.

Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations impose an 11-hour driving limit on all commercial vehicles, restricting drivers to a daily distance of about 650 miles.

It is not uncommon to have delays due to weather, mechanical breakdowns, driver health emergencies, scheduling conflicts, amongst many other potential problems.

Good communication between you and your auto transport company will ensure a smooth transaction, so always ask questions and mention any special circumstances that you may have.

Cities Seek Deliverance From the E-Commerce Boom

So consider a UPS driver like Greenleaf 110 years later: On any given weekday, he’s one of an average of 241 drivers making deliveries on D.C.’s streets, delivering products like clothes, books, food, and household goods—stuff that shoppers could easily pick up on their own at area stores.

(Often, he’s dropping off boxes of toiletries to residents in an apartment building with a pharmacy or a grocery store on the same block.) In 2010, UPS delivered 1.1 million packages around D.C.

“People may think of us as the cause of congestion, but you‘ve got to have some way to get those packages delivered.” The problem, really, is that we now live in a world where the brick-and-mortar stores are only one part of the retail equation—and, as many a “retail apocalypse” story is warning, they are a shrinking part.

Quotes from Off-Hours Delivery Program Pilot Participants

Because of this congestion, deliveries made during the business day cost us all—as stores pass on the expenses of wasted time, lost revenue, missed deliveries and parking tickets.

In order to combat congestion, help businesses control costs and improve air quality, DOT worked with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a group of stakeholders and research partners to implement an Off-Hour Truck Delivery Pilot program, funded by USDOT, which ran from late 2009 through 2010.

Receivers found that fewer deliveries during normal business hours allowed them to focus more on their customers and that their staff was more productive because they waited around less for deliveries that were tied up in traffic.