Are Amazon planning to use trains & metros as mobile pickup points?

(Source: freight and logistics news) The seemingly unstoppable growth of Amazon and its many services continues, though as an ever increasing number of packages are shipped – 5bn+ items in 2014 – it’s now pursuing new and innovative ways to deliver them. We’ve seen solutions for overcoming this challenge include plans for Amazon Prime Air – a future delivery system using small unmanned aerial vehicles (aka drones) and most recently members of the public – who in place of couriers would drop off packages en-route to other destinations. However, a new Amazon patent application, made public last week, describes a plan for delivering packages via public transport — turning buses, trains, metros and other vehicles into roaming pickup locations. Uncovered by Geek Wire it offers an interesting perspective on a potentially big opportunity for public transport.

The lengthy full patent application can be found here.