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Amazon Exploring Autonomous Car Deliveries

The online retail giant has reportedly formed a team that's exploring how the company might be able to take advantage of driverless-vehicle technology.

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This story originally appeared on PCMag

From to Alphabet and Uber to , lots of big tech giants -- and just about every automaker -- are putting resources into . Now, we can add another to the list: .

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The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed people "briefed on the matter," on Monday reported that the online retail giant has formed a team that's exploring how the company might be able to take advantage of driverless- technology.

"Amazon quietly formed the team, which has comprised about a dozen employees, more than a year ago as part of its broader ambition to more of its goods itself," the report notes.

But unlike Alphabet and others, Amazon isn't looking to build its own autonomous , at least not at this time. The team "serves as an in-house think tank to figure out how to leverage autonomous vehicles," the report notes.

This isn't the first we're hearing about Amazon's autonomous driving ambitions. A patent approved in January revealed that the -based company is looking toward autonomous driving technologies to deliver goods more efficiently.

The Journal said Amazon's self-driving initiative may help the company "overcome one of its biggest logistical complications and costs: delivering packages quickly." The company could, for instance, use autonomous vehicles in combination with drones and forklifts to transport goods.

UPS in February successfully tested a package delivery drone that launches from atop its iconic brown vans. The idea is to bring more efficiency to rural routes: the drone autonomously delivers a package to a home then returns to the vehicle, all while the driver continues along the route to make a separate delivery.

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