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1. US20180265293 - Next generation on-road vehicles and related methods of usage

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Claims

1. A method for autonomously collecting and transporting a passenger in a cabin, comprising:
receiving, in conjunction with an on-road autonomous vehicle, a request to collect-and-transport a passenger inside a cabin located in a certain location;
self-driving, by the on-road autonomous vehicle, from a current location of the on-road autonomous vehicle to said certain location of the cabin;
upon arrival to said certain location: straddling autonomously, by the on-road autonomous vehicle, over the cabin, thereby allowing the on-road autonomous vehicle to grab and lift autonomously the cabin together with the passenger above ground; and
transporting autonomously the cabin together with the passenger, by the on-road autonomous vehicle, while the cabin is hanging underneath the on-road autonomous vehicle.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the method further comprises:
receiving, in conjunction with the on-road autonomous vehicle, a second request to collect-and-transport a cargo which is currently located in a second location;
self-driving, by the on-road autonomous vehicle, over public roads and alongside regular car traffic, from a current location of the on-road autonomous vehicle to said second location;
upon arrival to said second location, straddling autonomously, by the on-road autonomous vehicle, over the cargo, thereby allowing the on-road autonomous vehicle to grab and lift autonomously the cargo above ground in a linear upward movement that creates a full clearance of the cargo above ground; and
transporting autonomously the cargo, by the on-road autonomous vehicle, over public roads and alongside regular traffic, while the cargo is hanging underneath the on-road autonomous vehicle and such that the entire cargo maintains said full clearance above ground during transport,
thereby facilitating dual use of the on-road autonomous vehicle for both said transporting of the passenger during a certain period of time and said transporting of the cargo during another period of time.