By Annie Palmer For Dailymail.com
Published: 21:36 GMT, 1 February 2019 | Updated: 23:15 GMT, 1 February 2019
Your next Amazon package could be delivered on a public bus.
The internet giant has filed a patent for a new mobile package pickup system where items are placed in secure containers either inside or affixed to a bus.
Users would then be notified of a bus with their package that's closest to them, eliminating the need to walk or drive to a pickup location.
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Your next Amazon package could be delivered on a public bus. The firm filed a patent for a new system where packages are placed in secure containers either inside or affixed to a bus
After a package is ordered, users are given an authorization code that they can use to get into the storage compartment.
They'd enter the code on a touchscreen device or keypad, or it might include biometric scanners like a fingerprint reader or facial recognition technology.
The patent also describes being able to swipe your credit card to receive a package.
It may be equipped with a vending machine that accepts money in exchange for purchase of stamps, labels, envelopes and other times, so that users can ship or deliver other packages.
Amazon also notes that if the machines accept money, users would be able to pay for their purchase upon retrieval.
The system may be equipped with sensors to detect 'particulates' such as hazardous explosives or 'banned substances' such as drugs.
To pick up a package, users would enter the code on a touchscreen device or keypad, or it might include biometric scanners like a fingerprint reader or facial recognition technology
With this system, users would be notified of a bus that's carrying their package and is closest to them, eliminating the need to walk or drive to a pickup location
Customers would be given a range of options for where and when they'd be able to pick up their package.
'A user may choose to have items delivered to a mobile pickup location on a public bus which the user takes every day travelling from the office to home, or which stops at a bus stop that is convenient for the user,' the patent reads.
'Also, in regions where carriers for delivering items are rare or prohibitively expensive, a mobile pickup location may be utilized to deliver items, such as to a rural village.'