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Automakers and retailers explore bots and lockers to automate delivery

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

In an eye-catching video, Ford and Agility Robotics recently touted their partnership and vision for autonomous delivery, illustrating the need for a system that can navigate from a parked vehicle up a set of stairs to reach the front door, for example.

The big picture: Autonomous vehicles are expected to decrease delivery costs by eventually removing drivers from the equation entirely, but the logistics of last meter delivery in particular remain intractable.

Amazon to begin drone deliveries "within months"

The new Amazon delivery drone
The new Amazon delivery drone. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Amazon said this week that it'll begin using drones to deliver packages to some shoppers' homes "within months," AP's Joseph Pisani reports.

Details: Amazon said its new drones use computer vision and machine learning to detect and avoid people or clotheslines in backyards when landing.