- 15 February 2019
- Transport / Logistics Services
Amazon has patented a public transport mobile parcel pickup and drop off (PUDO) system.
Under the patents, which were originally filed five years ago, Amazon customers would be able to pick up their parcels from the bus or train they take to go to work.
Storage compartments would be installed on those vehicles and the customers would be given a code to open the compartment to collect the parcel. They can specify a day and a time to arrange the collection according to the timetable.
“A user may choose to have items delivered to a mobile pickup location on a public bus which the user takes every day travelling from the office to home, or which stops at a bus stop that is convenient for the user,” the application explains. “Also, in regions where carriers for delivering items are rare or prohibitively expensive, a mobile pickup location may be utilized to deliver items, such as to a rural village.”
Amazon already has installed a network of parcel lockers at thousands of locations but the patent application notes that “some customers may not live or work near pickup locations, or may otherwise not want to take the time to travel to one.”