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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Driverless Pizzas to be Delivered before People

Inclined to generally agree, general driver less delivery should precede driver-less vehicles with passengers.   If only for the liability and legal issues involved.    Yet driver-less vehicles will come.  But agree less with the article that we will soon see many customers meeting the driver-less delivery vehicles out by the curb to eliminate the last 100 yards.   It is still extreme convenience that is leading this transition.   Thoughtful piece on business process profitability issues:

Why Self-Driving Vehicles Are Going to Deliver Pizzas Before People     By Bloomberg in Forbes

In the wait for self-driving technology, cell-phone toting tech bros may have to cede their spot in line to pizzas, Craigslist couches and the mounting ephemera of e-commerce.

The future—at least in the near-term—will not only be driverless, but sans passenger as well.

The early conversations around driverless cars have focused on robot taxis because taking the human driver out of a cab seemed like the quickest path to profitability. But an increasing number of companies—automakers, tech giants, startups, parcel services—are seeing autonomous delivery as the more lucrative venture.

“The revolution in commercial vehicles will come first, then the passenger cars” will follow, said Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president of Renault-Nissan’s light commercial vehicle business. “The moment business people start believing this is going to generate additional revenue and that this is going to be more efficient, then I think they’ll start working on it.”  ... ' 

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