At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, German automotive company Continental unveiled their vision on how driverless vehicles will team up with robots to help deliver your packages. And the autonomous bots they have in mind to make these deliveries are robot dogs because why the hell not.
That’s right, one day instead of a UPS truck you may have a driverless vehicle pulling up near your house and a robot dog running up your driveway with a package from Amazon in its mouth.
CUbE Self Driving Vehicle Deploys Robot Dogs to Deliver Packages
The self-driving vehicle is called the Continental Urban Mobility Experience (CUbE). Completely autonomous, it’s purpose is to take and deploy the robot dogs so they can make the last leg of the delivery. Both vehicle and robot are electrically powered. The company believes that this type of design will help increase safety, efficiency, and speed in the delivery network.
“With the help of robot delivery, Continental’s vision for seamless mobility can extend right to your doorstep. Our vision of cascaded robot delivery leverages a driverless vehicle to carry delivery robots, creating an efficient transport team,” said Continental Head of Systems and Technology, Chassis & Safety division Ralph Lauxmann. “Both are electrified, both are autonomous and, in principle, both can be based on the same scalable technology portfolio. These synergies create an exciting potential for holistic delivery concepts using similar solutions for different platforms. Beyond this technology foundation, it’s reasonable to expect a whole value chain to develop in this area.”
The company hasn’t said when the robot dogs will actually start making deliveries and freaking out your real pets. If you are lucky enough to be at CES, you can find out more at the Continental booth from January 8 to 11 at North Hall Booth No. 7519.