Method for Autonomous Delivery of Packages
Publication Date: 2018-Sep-14
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Method and System for Autonomous Delivery of Packages
Disclosed is a method and system for providing an on-board artificial intelligence (AI) assisted robot to an autonomous delivery vehicle for selecting an appropriate package from an autonomous delivery vehicle and accordingly transporting the package at a customer’s primary delivery location. Figure 1 is illustrative of the steps involved in selecting and transporting a package in accordance with the method and system.
Figure 1 Referring to Figure 1, in accordance with the method and system, at an initial step, a plurality of characteristics of the package to be loaded on to an autonomous delivery vehicle are considered for employing a set of algorithms for effectively loading the autonomous vehicle. The set of algorithms follows the first on/last off protocol. The characteristics of the package to be considered, include, but are not limited to, package dimensions, weight, fragility and shape. The autonomous delivery vehicle is dispatched from a hub/warehouse of packages, the autonomous delivery vehicle equipped with an on-board AI assisted robot, in a next step. On reaching a customer’s destination, the on-board AI assisted robot selects an appropriate package by reading a label on the package for identification through mechanisms, including, but not limited to, RFID
package, bar code and vision sensors. Accordingly, the on-board AI assisted robot communicates with a customer for delivery and further defines keep out boundaries and a preferred path to a primary delivery location associated with the customer. The keep out boundaries include, but are not limited to, flower beds, gardens, ponds and lawn sculpture. Further, the primary delivery location associated with the customer, includes, but is not limited to, front door, garage door and car port. The customer may also access a website including all participating shipping companies, and predefine "no zones". The no zones include the keep out boundaries, wherein the onboard AI assisted robot may generate damage based on a footprint. Another option available with the customer is to select predefined drop locations for avoiding any form of communication with the on-board robot. The on-board AI assisted robot communicates with the customer via a call or text means. On receiving...