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Secure delivery to recipient mobile phone location for a Semi-Autonomous Vehicle Delivery System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240666D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

The use of semi-autonomous vehicles is increasing and becoming employed within numerous areas, including retail delivery. This article describes a mechanism for automated delivery of items to a recipient, based on their location. Using the location information from a recipient's smart device, a localised delivery point can be calculated that allows the recipient to receive their parcel when they are away from home. The ability to do this clearly has advantages for online retail stores that could offer such a service to clients at a premium rate.

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Secure delivery to recipient mobile phone location for a Semi-Autonomous Vehicle Delivery System

The idea of Semi-Autonomous Vehicle (SAV) delivery is starting to become a reality as companies such as Amazon start testing their PrimeAir delivery service ( http://www.gamespot.com/articles/amazon-reveals-octocopter-drone-delivery-system/1100-64 16496/). Whilst these systems are currently restricted by a lack of commercial access to airspace, this is likely to change in the near future as described in this link: http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/amazon-prime-air/#!OYRxa

    SAV delivery has the potential to be big business and a significant revenue stream for those involved at the right time. The emergence of SAV delivery will enable customers to receive goods with a matter of minutes/hours. Current delivery mechanisms allow buyers to state a static location such as their home address as the delivery location, however it is conceivable that in the future customers using as SAV delivery service will start to demand the products immediately wherever they are located, be it at work, in a park or whilst on vacation in a holiday resort. Additionally, there is the consideration of the permissible delivery radius of such SAV drones, since all SAVs are range limited and this will place a restriction on the users of a system.

    A solution is to enable the identification of the buyer's location, through a suitably enabled mobile device, to allow the SAV to deliver the package to a current, future or perhaps even time varying location of the customer. This moves beyond conventional delivery methods that entail delivery of an item to a fixed address, or 'alternative address', and overcomes certain range limitations perceived to occur with services such as Amazon PrimeAir delivery. Specifically, an ideal operation would enable: secure delivery of an item to a user's device, when a delivery request is initiated and completed within range of a SAV delivery service AND when a delivery request is initiated OUTSIDE the range of a SAV delivery service, but delivery is to occur within the radius in a specified region at a specified time.

    This could be realised by the SAV initially using an approximate location of the user device (and hence the user), or an agreed drop-off region and time, to direct the initial SAV direction and then use a series of requests that determine the location of the user device to fine tune the final location of the buyer and result in an authorised transfer of the item being delivered at the user location. For a user of such a delivery system, they would experience the following advantages:

The parcel is delivered to recipient's location and not the location of a static building.


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This allows the recipient to continue with their day and still receive their delivery without having to wait at home.

Prevents the delivery being returned to the local deposit because no-one was available


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to collect it.

User can order and receiv...