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Another job for Google’s Driverless vehicles: Amazon Prime competin’ same-day deliveries


We first heard last year that Google looked to take down Amazon Prime with its own same-day shipping service, but a new report by TechCrunch now offers a few specifics about pricing.

According to the report that cited one unnamed source, Google will launch “Google Shopping Express” for about $69 or $64 a year. The service will feature, like Amazon Prime, same-day delivery from retail stores. TechCrunch also pointed to Google e-commerce project manager Tom Fallows as the project lead.

9to5Google also heard this service was coming, and we have some more somewhat wild information on the program. Google, in the long run, plans to use self-driving cars and flying drones as means of delivery. We also heard Google’s delivery project came from the Google X incubator headed by cofounder Sergey Brin.

We even postulated, after hearing Google began testing its same-delivery service in San Francisco, that Google’s recent acquisitions of BufferBox, a package pickup startup, could play a role in its delivery service.

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have also previously reported that Google plans to combat Amazon’s dominance in same-day delivery. Reports from December 2011 specifically said Google was in talks with “major retailers and shippers” to create their own rival service, and, at the time, the company considered partnering with Macy’s, OfficeMax, and Gap Inc.

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