Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a vehicle-based package delivery system, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on October 31st, 2019, published on October 25th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11479422.
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In addition to filing a patent for an air to ground last-mile delivery system back in August, Ford has been exploring various ways to improve the package delivery process in recent months, rolling out an autonomous delivery service in select cities in partnership with Walmart, starting a pilot program with UK courier Hermes, and launching Key by Amazon In-Car delivery on eligible Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Now, this new Ford patent continues that trend by introducing an idea for a vehicle-based package delivery system.
In the case of this Ford patent, the automaker is imagining a future where a delivery vehicle can pull up to a dock or delivery door, at which point the vehicle would automatically align itself as needed using sensors and cameras, and then locate and transfer the package from the vehicle to the delivery location or a locker using a conveyor belt of sorts.
The idea here is to provide a way for package deliveries to take place even when someone isn’t present to accept that delivery, which is precisely what lockers are used for. However, in this case, the vehicle could presumably do all the work itself, with no human interaction required. This could help speed up that process as well as make it more secure, not to mention open up the possibility of autonomous delivery vehicles being used in that manner – delivering packages from one location to another with zero humans required.