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Autonomous Delivery Vans

Yamato Transport and DeNA are Launching a Self-Driving Car in Japan

— July 22, 2016 — Autos
In March 2017, delivery company Yamato Transport and IT company DeNA are aiming to have their co-created self-driving delivery van hit the road. These autonomous delivery vehicle known as 'Roboneko' has been designed specifically as a way to help items ordered via online shopping make their way to consumers. The two companies plan that consumers will be able to order items from an app and instantly be able to see an item being delivered on-demand.

For a trial period, a human will be stationed inside the autonomous vehicle as a precaution.

There is also set to be a "shopping agent service" available, which will make it possible for the vehicles to pick up items purchased from a second party. This service was specifically implemented for the convenience of large families and the senior population in Japan.
Trend Themes
1. Self-driving Delivery Vans - The development of autonomous vehicles for delivery purposes indicates a potential future in which driverless shipping could become the norm and revolutionize supply chain management.
2. On-demand Delivery Apps - The integration of delivery tracking and on-demand services through mobile apps provides convenience for consumers and may lead to further integration of technology in delivery services.
3. Shopping Agent Services - The implementation of shopping agent services could disrupt the traditional delivery process by integrating both purchasing and delivery services into one package.
Industry Implications
1. Logistics - The logistics industry has the opportunity to innovate and streamline operations through the integration of autonomous vehicles.
2. E-commerce - The e-commerce industry may benefit from the convenience of on-demand delivery services and shopping agent services to improve customer experience and operational efficiency.
3. Transportation - The transportation industry could benefit from the innovation of self-driving vehicles by increasing safety and reducing costs associated with traditional human-operated transportation methods.
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