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Ad Hoc Payment for Unmanned Product Delivery

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239066D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-08
Document File: 6 page(s) / 325K

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Andrew Fannon Lamkin: INVENTOR [+3]

Abstract

Unmanned vehicles are increasingly being used in a number of applications. In recent times, the use of unmanned vehicles to ship and deliver a product has come up in a big way for quick and timely delivery of the product. The problem associated with current method is the customer has to pre-pay the amount of the product before the delivery of the product. This paper discloses contactless payment methods using Bluetooth (BT), Wi-Fi and near field communication (NFC) to collect payment on delivery by an unmanned vehicle. The proposed method has an advantage to the customer to examine the product before making a payment of the product. The proposed method also enables the customer to monitor the position of the unmanned vehicle. This helps the customer to know the estimated time of arrival of goods. The proposed method can be used effectively in the future to deliver products autonomously to customers instead of in-person delivery and collect payment on delivery.

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Ad Hoc Payment for Unmanned Product Delivery

Andrew Fannon Lamkin, Matt Warpinski and Duke Buster ABSTRACT

Unmanned vehicles are increasingly being used in a number of applications. In recent times, the use of unmanned vehicles to ship and deliver a product has come up in a big way for quick and timely delivery of the product. The problem associated with current method is the customer has to pre-pay the amount of the product before the delivery of the product. This paper discloses contactless payment methods using Bluetooth (BT), Wi-Fi and near field communication (NFC) to collect payment on delivery by an unmanned vehicle. The proposed method has an advantage to the customer to examine the product before making a payment of the product. The proposed method also enables the customer to monitor the position of the unmanned vehicle. This helps the customer to know the estimated time of arrival of goods. The proposed method can be used effectively in the future to deliver products autonomously to customers instead of in-person delivery and collect payment on delivery.


1. Introduction

Unmanned aerial or ground vehicles are extensively used by the number of countries in surveillance applications. They are also used in many other applications such as in extreme conditions where human prescence could be inconvenient or dangerous. The use of unmanned vehicles greatly reduces human workload. These unmanned vehicles can either be guided by a remote device or autonomously using a set of sensors to sense the environment and navigating on their own by pre-storing geographical locations in a guidance system.

In recent years, the rise of online product purchasing services has increased the demand for faster and timelier shipping and delivery of goods. The high degree of work and process demanded when shipping the product and delivering it to the customer in


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person prevents online retailers from competing with brick and mortar merchants where a customer may walk into a store, inspect the product, pay in person, and walk out with the product. The use of unmanned vehicles is emerging as the next big thing that could redefine shipping options and provide online retailers with a way to deliver products to customers faster than any existing methods. The transportation of products or goods using unmanned vehicle as described in the existing state of art, does not talk about the mode of payment that the customer can choose while ordering the goods. In most obvious scenarios, the customer has to pre-pay the amount against a promise of intact/timely delivery of the goods by the supplier. The pre-payment of goods makes it infeasible for the customer to use an option to return the goods in case of damage or any other issue related to the corresponding good.

On account of the aforementioned disadvantages of existing in-person delivery options and pre-payment of goods, there is a need for a novel way to address the above mentioned limitations of...