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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.
Continental - Robotics - Company - ANYbotics - Robots
Continental partnered with robotics company ANYbotics, known for its quadrupedal robots that can open doors and ride elevators, to develop the concept.
Continental designed a robo-taxi specifically for the delivery dogs to ride around in.
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Called the 'CUbE,' it's a pod-shaped autonomous van that can carry one or multiple delivery robots at a time.
Once the van arrives at its destination, it will send out a robot dog through the back door of the car to drop the package off at the recipient's doorstep.
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At CES, Continental had a demo showing just what that would look like.
A robot dog was able to jump out of the van, clamber over a garden in front of a model home and make its way up a set of stairs to the door.
Package - Back - Front - Porch - Fake
From there, it slides 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.
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Continental believes the concept system could make last-mile delivery even more efficient in the future.
The last-mile portion of the delivery process encompasses how the package gets from the warehouse to the person's doorstep.
Help - Delivery - Continental - Vision - Mobility
'With the help of robot delivery, Continental’s vision for seamless mobility can extend right to your doorstep,' said Ralph Lauxmann, head of Continental's Systems & Technology, Chassis & Safety division.
'Our vision of cascaded robot delivery leverages a driverless vehicle to carry delivery robots, creating an efficient transport team.'
Demo - Continental - Dogs
While the demo went smoothly, Continental doesn't plan to roll out the robo-delivery dogs...
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