|Fri July 12 2013 10:04:11|
Would Online Sellers Prefer USPS Robots to Mailmen?
By: Ina Steiner
Could robots someday replace your mailman? That's a possibility according to researchers at Deloitte who were brainstorming on how driverless cars could help the post office:
"Ding! That sound could soon be the USPS app alerting you to an imminent delivery, after which a driverless Postal Service vehicle arrives at your door and a robotic arm delivers your package."
The concept of robots delivering mail seems as farfetched as driverless cars, but the latter is already a reality thanks to Google, as explained in this Economist article. Wall Street is already putting a number on the market for such automation technology, and the consensus is that driverless cars will be on the market within the next 5 years.
But getting back to mail delivery (and pickup) - could the USPS capitalize on driverless vehicles? And is the next step really replacing mailmen with robots? Imagine Roomba vacuum cleaners turned into intelligent mail delivery robots. Would it be a plus or minus for online merchants - would it make your life easier?
And why stop there - what about postal clerks being replaced by robots?