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Amazon is constantly thinking of new ways it can cut costs and revolutionize the shipping and delivery industry.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Amazon formed a team about a year ago of a dozen employees to focus on driverless-vehicle technology and develop the company’s plans to use self-driving cars to better its business.
Amazon doesn’t plan on building its own self-driving cars for now.
Instead, this newly formed team is tasked with figuring out how the company can use autonomous vehicle technology to deliver packages more quickly. Not only could self-driving cars be used to deliver packages to customers during the final leg of the shipping process, but Amazon could use autonomous cars, trucks, forklifts, and drones to move goods in and around warehouses and elsewhere.
Shipping and delivery costs continue to rise for Amazon as it delivers more categories of products.
Autonomous vehicles could cut those costs, especially considering that they don’t have the same time restrictions that humans do. Humans, specifically truck drivers, have a 10-hour limit before they need to stop for rest.
A shipment that originally took a few days to move across the country in a human-driven vehicle could take half the time with a self-driving car.
According to the report, Amazon is particularly interested in autonomous trucking.
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