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FedEx is Getting In on the Robot and Drone Delivery Game

FedEx is Getting In on the Robot and Drone Delivery Game: Justin Sullivan / Getty

Justin Sullivan / Getty

FedEx, the worldwide get-anything-tomorrow delivery service, is at war with Uber and Amazon.

No, that’s not a typo. You see, with the world’s new addiction to “get everything delivered within a day” moto, FedEx has realized that companies like Uber and Amazon are increasingly dedicated to figuring out delivery logistics than they are in spending more money with them.

Not only are they integrating FedEx into AI-enabled devices like Alexa to allow customers to simply say, “Alexa, prepare a shipment,” but they are also working with startup Peloton Technology to develop caravans, or school of fish, of delivery trucks that can be controlled by just one driver. The trucks are linked together over a wireless network, and the driver of a lead truck can control the gas and brakes of trucks following closely behind. Peloton expects to launch the technology soon, even by the end of 2017.

But FedEx isn’t planning on stopping there: They’re also looking into completely autonomous trucks. Daimler and Volvo are already developing the technology, but don’t expect to see completely autonomous trucks for another 10 years. That said, if a big player like FedEx pushes the tech forward with money, we could see it even sooner. Add in some competition from Uber and Amazon, and we could see it sooner than we think.

Both Amazon and Uber have launched [drone-powered delivery services](, at least as tests along with self-driving tractor trailers. Meanwhile, UPS - the other guys who deliver stuff overnight - are also getting into the drone delivery game. Both Amazon and Uber have launched drone-powered delivery services, at least as tests along with self-driving tractor trailers. Meanwhile, UPS—the other guys who deliver stuff overnight—are also getting into the drone delivery game.

Take some competition, add in a lot of Silicon Valley cash, drizzle it with Americans who’ve grown used to instant gratification, and you’ve got a network of robots, drones, schools-of-fish of trucks and completely autonomous trucks dropping off cat food and paper towels at a doorman near you.

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