Amazon looking at public transportation for delivery
- A patent application filed by Amazon last year describes a plan to deliver packages using public transit such as buses and subways.
- Amazon has experimented with delivery via drone, cabs, crowdsourcing, and Amazon Lockers—storage units placed in locations such as 7-11 stores and parking garages.
- The system might work like an Amazon Locker installed on a public bus or train, allowing customers to take delivery of their packages en route.
Amazon seems to be investigating every available avenue for package delivery, including crowdsourcing, bike messenger, Amazon Lockers, drones and now, public transportation. The latest strategy, part of a patent application made last year, would press public buses, trains and subways into service to bring added convenience to package delivery.
Similar to an Amazon Locker, the system would designate a bus or train as a pickup point, sending an SMS to alert people to its expected arrival time. Customers could then take delivery of their packages while traveling to a destination or at a specified stop. The option could help Amazon make deliveries to rural areas that are difficult and expensive to reach.