Bloomberg have written an article about how driverless technology is going to transform commerce. Toyota, Renault-Nissan, Deutsche Post and Amazon are all experimenting with driverless delivery. Ford have even piloted driverless pizza deliveries in Miami! (Which might not be good news for gig economy workers like Deliveroo drivers.)
Current thinking is that the vehicle will contact a shopper to tell them to collect their delivery roadside by entering a code on a touchpad attached to the vehicle. Ford is testing the willingness of customers to leave their home and collect their package from the vehicle.
One way humans may still be involved in short haul deliveries is by grabbing packages and making deliveries through a neighbourhood while the van drives itself and follows along.
Would you be willing to collect your parcels curbside? Or would you miss the human interaction at your door? Would this mark a massive change for our logistics industry?