Ford’s ‘self-driving’ vans are now delivering food in Miami

Food delivery workers are some of the most overworked and underpaid people in the US — and now you can add “soon to be endangered” to that list. Food couriers have recently joined truck and taxi drivers in the category of jobs that are most likely to be made obsolete by self-driving technology. For evidence, look no further than Ford’s current experiments with self-driving delivery vans in Miami.

Ford has been using Miami as a test bed for its self-driving vehicles since earlier this year. And more recently, the auto giant joined with Postmates to see how people ordering takeout food would interact with an autonomous delivery van.

It’s more complicated than it sounds. In our current analog world, a delivery worker rings your doorbell and hands you the food you’ve ordered. But how do you make that transaction in a self-driving, post-human world? Ford’s answer? Tiny lockers and access codes.

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