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Tortoise Freight

Self shipping pallet
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Wooden pallet with drive train similar to a mobility chair, and GPS/map guidance, and some sensors. Just load it up, and enter the destination. Good for non-time sensitive local delivery.

Got the idea from watching a person "road" a scissor lift 2 miles to the rental yard, because he was to cheap to pay for pickup. We joked he could clamp the forward switch, and have a pint in the bar before it reached the next intersection.

n81641, Jun 11 2008

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       Theft might be a problem, but it's way better than that Hare Freight.   

       Winter would also be a problem, as the tortoises would all be found hibernating in cardboard boxes.
Ian Tindale, Jun 11 2008
  

       [2 fries] is right about the theft problem.... also, kids will proabably ride the things .....   

       AGVs like this, which follow a buried wire, have been used in industrial applications for many years. A fully autonomous unit using GPS is probably quite practical ..... but it's going to be quite a high value piece of kit ..... some sort of smart security will be needed.
8th of 7, Jun 11 2008
  

       There's hundreds of ideas for security and anti-theft on the wonderful site www.halfbakery.com! If even a few could be implemented, you could use this to ship your gold bars across town.
n81641, Jun 11 2008
  

       If
pertinax, Jun 11 2008
  

       //Theft might be a problem//
Enclose it in a large heavy sphere, and it could slowly tumble to its destination, contents secured inside. Boulder Freight, when it absolutely has to be there in a swath.
Amos Kito, Jun 11 2008
  

       //If//   

       Warning noted.
n81641, Jun 11 2008
  

       O Lucky Man
Ian Tindale, Jun 11 2008
  

       would [jutta] give you a better name - En-eightonesixfortyone?   

       sounds like something you'd step on.
po, Jun 11 2008
  

       Shhhh [po], we are planning to Assimilate him the first chance we get ....
8th of 7, Jun 11 2008
  

       I read it as Nate sixteen-fourty-one:
A man out of his time.
  

       //There's hundreds of ideas for security and anti-theft on the wonderful site www.halfbakery.com!//   

       I hear claymore mines are popular this season.
Alterother, Jun 13 2008
  
      
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