USPS to TuSimple’s Autonomous (AI) Delivery Trucks and Blockchain Tech to Boost Production
The applications for the use of blockchain technology continue to grow every day as more companies and even government agencies are considering the technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness. In many places, governments are looking to use crypto to do different things including letting citizens pay taxes with Bitcoin. The United States Postal Service also did join this push, planning to use blockchain to improve its services.
The USPS has officially been apprising itself with a lot of new and developing technology with the aim of integrating these solutions to the process of postal services in the country.
This is done because newer technology can optimize their processes so much that there is a significant increase in general productivity, specifically lowering costs of fuel and improving the welfare of their many drivers who are on the road every day.
The agency has officially entered into a partnership with TuSimple – a startup for self-driving trucks – to use their vehicles in the delivery of consignments, making their service a lot more efficient. At the moment, the new procedure will be tested between Phoenix and Dallas.
The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an impressive move by the USPS especially to cover routes between Dallas and Phoenix which would normally require at least 22 hours of driving and two drivers. TuSimple has disclosed the production of more than 12 models in 2019 alone and plans to have at least 50 of its self-driving vehicles running, before the end of this year.
The San-Diego based trucking company has also stated that these vehicles are properly fitted with cameras, Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) along with different kinds of radars to make it qualified for “Level 4 Autonomous Driving”. This means that most circumstances can easily be handled by the trucks so there’s no need for any human control.
USPS and Blockchain
AI isn’t the only aspect of modern technology the USPS is looking to incorporate into its services. Since 2016, the USPS has been paying specific attention to blockchain technology. This was made known when the agency published a report with the title
“Blockchain Technology: Possibilities for the U.S. Postal Service.”
The report at the time, mentions that the technology has the capability to potentially interrupt all kinds of business and services that normally would necessitate the use of a go-between.
The report also admits that
“because blockchain technology may disrupt areas in which the Postal Service currently does business, it may be wise to begin studying its impact and experimenting with its future possibilities.”
Sometime after that publication, the USPS officially filed a patent with the US Patent & Trademark Office for the creation of a blockchain network. In the filing, the USPS stated that it was interested in applying the technology to use cryptography in the creation of user accounts on the blockchain.
The filing which was called “Methods and Systems for a Digital Trust Architecture” is also going to generate both private and public keys for the validation of user information all of which will be recorded on the blockchain.