List of ideas to replace current shipping technologies
- Delivery drones
- Autonomous vehicles
- Autonomous delivery robots
- Dedicated delivery trams
- Autonomous cargo ships
- Delivery boats within cities with waterways
- Delivery pipeline
- Delivering digital good such as books via email
- Delivery people on jetpacks
- Train shipping
Detailed discussion of ideas to replace current shipping technologies
Delivery drone will utilize already existing technology, which involves the use of airborne unmanned flights. These flights can be used to deliver small packages to customers within cities. In order for this delivery system to work the individual making an order will be required to provide their physical address in terms of geographical coordinates. At the warehouse, a delivery person will input the destination coordinates into the drone, which will navigate through suburbs and city skylines in order to make sure the goods reach their desired destination.
Once the customer receives his or her delivery he will send the warehouse an acknowledgement for the received goods and the drone will be instructed to fly back to the warehouse. The drone will fly high enough to avoid power lines and buildings but low enough to avoid commercial airplanes. The main advantage of this method is that deliveries will be easy and fast since it will avoid traffic in cities.
Autonomous delivery robots
Robots can also be used in shipping. Robots can be used to move goods within a city and in suburbs. The robot can be programmed to use satellite and mapping technology to move around streets and allies. At the warehouse, the robot can be provided with the coordinates of the destination of a delivery. Furthermore, the robot will be fitted with sensors that will make sure that it avoids obstacles. It will also have a camera through which a human controller in the warehouse can be able to monitor its progress.
A manual override will also be installed on the robot, which will allow the human controller to control it remotely. The main advantage of using robots is that they can be able to make more than one deliver during the day since many deliveries can be queued on its mainframe. In addition, robots can be able to work long hours as compared to human beings and this will ensure that deliver and shipping companies can deliver more goods to consumers.
An autonomous vehicle is an unmanned vehicle that can move from one geographical region to another without the assistance of a human being. There have been excellent strides made in the development of autonomous vehicles by companies such as Google. The same principle as with the robot deliveries and drones will be applies in shipping goods using autonomous vehicles.
In order for this delivery system to work the individual making an order will be required to provide their physical address in terms of geographical coordinates. At the warehouse, a delivery person will input the destination coordinates into the vehicle, which will navigate through the streets in order to reach their desired destination. Once the customer receives his or her delivery he will send the warehouse an acknowledgement for the received goods and the vehicle will be instructed to drive back to the warehouse. The main advantage of vehicles is that they can be used to carry larger loads and can be able to travel over long distances.