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Cognitive discovery of delivery place Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248588D
Publication Date: 2016-Dec-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

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Today, mail or parcels are delivered in a manual way. Someone is picking them up from a central sorting station and hand-carrying them to the recipient. The first autonomous cars are driving without human intervention. Existing autonomous deliver platforms are requiring the recipient to be present and retrieving the goods from the delivery track, by e.g. entering a PIN to identify himself (see for example US 9,256,852. The proposed method provides a fully autonomous way of mail or parcel delivery by using cognitive technologies to discover the place to drop of the mail or parcel.

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Cognitive discovery of delivery place

The mail and parcel are sorted in a order of the delivery route and deposited in the autonomous delivery vehicle (like for example one developed by Starship Technologies or Dispatch) The recipient adds a SmartBeacon (or another form of digital transmitter) to his mail box or parcel box (just called box in the remaining document ) to allow the delivery car to recognize the place to drop the mail or parcel . A robot (arm) is taking the mail or parcel and drop it into the box .

In addition to the Smart Beacon, the robot has a camera attached that sends the images from what is in front of the robot to a mobile device . This device is connected to a central cognitive service that

- Learns the place of the box the first time a new customer is visited by robot by analyzing the surrounding of the SmartBeacon using a Recognition Service .

- Has a repository of the boxes that the autonomous delivery vehicle had dropped mail in the past and can give the robot precise instructions and how to exactly reach the box (GPS only has a precision of like 3 meters and for a delivery box the precisions needs to be around 3 to 5 cm)

- Has a repository of the delivery boxes sold and used by customers to ease the recognition of the exact drop point .

For final navigation to the target destination the following method can be used :

delivery cell = the coarse point for delivery provided by three dimensional coordinates, e.g. GPS coordinates delivery point = the fine point for delivery provided by three dimensional coordinates withing a grid around the delivery range

The vehicle as well as the delivery cell is equipped with a wireless transponder . For the smart beacon, existing WiFi technology may be used where available . If necessary, a repeater near the delivery point can extend the available transmission range for this purpose. To assist the delivery vehicle navigation inside the delivery cell during the last few meters to the delivery point , the smart beacon will send navigational information to the delivery vehicle . A simplification for environments that can be reached easily by land-based delivery vehicles is to only transmit two dimensional grid data to the vehicle . This can be done on request by the vehicle itself, either by identifying the type of the vehicle , or by defining separate requests for either two or three dimensional grid data .

As soon as the vehicle comes into the range of the beacon in the delivery cell , its presence is detected by the smart beacon. The beacon either permanently sends, or while a delivery vehicle is detected inside of the range of the beacon , an encoded map of the environment around the delivery point . Fo...