Having goods shipped to your door is something that’s been making people’s lives easier for a very, very long time. As transportation and shipping services have evolved, so has the speed on delivery. As of now, we can usually get something delivered in 24 hours. Google, among others, is looking to change that.
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What’s even more awesome is that they plan on using their self-driving cars to do it. Just imagine, a legion of cars without drivers delivering your new gadget or clothing items directly to your curb. Then you can retrieve it and the car goes off to its next delivery.



  1. MikeN says:

    That will not end well.

  2. McCullough says:

    To the curb?….why not just toss it directly to the criminal? At least UPS knocks on the door.

  3. Bailout Bob says:

    I had a friend who bought 20K in silver bullion, and Fed Ex left it on the doorstep, all day, even though a signature was required.

    • ReadyKilowatt says:

      Hopefully the seller didn’t put a big “KITCO PRECIOUS METALS” sticker on the box.

      Back in the day your order of “adult” reading material would come in a plain brown wrapper. These days it would be wrapped in brown paper for the irony.

  4. ECA says:

    DRIVE? maybe.
    DELIVER, wont happen.

    If yo sit it on the curb, are they still responsible for theft??

    • ReadyKilowatt says:

      My guess is you will need to be there to collect your package (with an NFC equipped Android phone to verify your identity). Otherwise why bother same day delivery?

  5. Slartybartfaust says:

    This might become reality, about a year after we all get our flying cars.

  6. MikeN says:

    No, the car will stop at the curb, where you come and get it, like you’re a waiter at Applebees. Only here, the waiter will jump behind the steering wheel and take off.

  7. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    Great, that’s all we need is a road full of zombie cars getting in the f..’n way.

    • kerpow says:

      I initially thought the same thing but when you think about it, this would probably reduce the number of cars on the road. Multiple deliveries with one car. Not that this will ever happen…

  8. Dallas says:

    That’s sad in that getting in and out of the car is about the only outdoor exercise the sheeple do.

  9. dusanmal says:

    Technology is far from feasible and has great capability of damage vs. no responsibility. Yes, Google and such would want it. They’ll pay off Govt. to allow them testing. However, we are in the peak probability period (next couple of years) where the hidden bugs of this technology will raise their ugly head. 100+ cars high speed pileup because some Benz’ owner trusted their automation in ordinary cars or serious malfunction of Googlecar killing someone -> lawsuits -> bureaucratic nightmare -> technology obstructed for beyond our lifetimes. This is “flying car” of our age. So near, so unfeasible.

  10. scandihoovian says:

    I’ll believe this when R2D2 delivers a package to my side door.

  11. Dallas says:

    The technology is totally feasible. Trains today don’t need a driver and someday, personal urban transport autos (PUTA for short) will also be free of drivers.

    What is needed first to get things started is government infrastructure spending for an intelligent roadway system. For instance, give traffic lights the intelligence of a gnat or a teabagger.

  12. ReadyKilowatt says:

    Caption This Photo:

    Siri, I ordered Beef Steak, not Beefcake!

  13. noname says:

    Potential new meaning for BSoD (Blue Screen of Death or Blue Screen Error for you Luddites out there).

  14. deowll says:

    And if you aren’t home you can go pick it up just like always or they’ll leave it at the curb to be stolen.