Unleashing the DOGS of ‘last mile’ delivery
YOUR next package could be delivered by a robot dog.
German automative firm Continental unveiled a concept delivery system at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that imagines four-legged robot dogs hopping out of driverless delivery vans to ferry packages straight to your doorstep. It partnered with robotics company ANYbotics, known for its quadrupedal robots, to develop the concept.
A robo-taxi called the ‘CUbE’ can carry one or multiple delivery robots at a time.
During the demo, a robot dog jumped out of the van, clambered over a garden in front of a model home and made its way up a set of stairs to the door.
From there, it slid the package off its back and onto the front porch, before ringing the fake doorbell with one of its arms.
After delivering the package, it was even able to do a little dance. Continental believes the concept system could make last-mile delivery even more efficient in the future.
Continental doesn't plan to roll out the robo-delivery dogs or the driverless van concept anytime soon.