Amazon.com’s push into self-driving vehicles recently took an interesting turn. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant’s team focused on driverless-vehicle technology isn’t gearing up to build a fleet of vehicles so it can deliver products.
Instead, Amazon’s efforts to steer its own distribution channels is honing in on ways to leverage autonomous vehicles. The “think-tank” group inside Amazon would potentially be a major consumer of transport services developed by tech companies and auto makers.
Ultimately, its role in shaping the self-driving industry could lead to Amazon solving logistics and cost challenges it faces in an effort to deliver packages more quickly. Amazon’s latest efforts are viewed as helping to drive investment into the burgeoning sector, especially in the area of trucking services.
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