As reported by Bloomberg,
the company best known for luxury cars is designing drone cargo ships
it says would be cleaner, more efficient, and less expensive than the
manned ocean freighters that transport most of the world’s cargo today.
If the project succeeds, these uncaptained vessels could become a key
link in a human-free global supply chain of consumer goods.
The push for drone container ships is part of a much larger effort in
the logistics industry to automate the way goods and products move from
place to place. Amazon is already using warehouse robots to move stuff
inside its formidable order fulfillment operation, which has made cheap
two-day delivery the industry standard. The online retailer has even
promised delivery by tiny unmanned aircraft, though these are still more
fantasy than reality. Google’s self-driving cars, on the other hand,
are already on California highways. If the search giant follows through
with its early efforts to compete with Amazon in the retail game, these
autonomous vehicles could become a driverless fleet for the last mile of
online order fulfillment.
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