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Report: Amazon’s newest patent combines driverless trucks and drones

Amazon was awarded another patent — one that highlights the value of using autonomous technology to streamline the final leg of deliveries.

The online giant was granted a patent for self-driving delivery truck technology that could work with drones, a combination that could deliver packages more quickly and efficiently, according to The Puget Sound Business Journal.

The driverless trucks, or "mobile bases,” can roam around a city with packages ready for delivery. Rather than drive packages to an individual address, the driverless vehicles could be equipped with automated storage and retrieval systems to hand off packages to drones, bike messengers, cars, or robotic couriers for the final leg of delivery, the report explained.

The patent was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in December, 2014.

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