Autonomous robot dogs may start delivering packages if Continental gets its way.
Tech Crunch reports that Continental unveiled its vision for how driverless vehicles can autonomously deploy bots to facilitate last-mile deliveries using robot dogs to do the fetching.
The dogs are designed to increase availability, efficiency and safety in the realm of package delivery. The driverless vehicle, referred to as Continental Urban Mobility Experience (CUbE), will carry the delivery robot dogs and deploy them to handle the last steps of delivery.
"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," Continental Head of Systems and Technology, Cassis & Safety division Ralph Lauxmann said in a statement. "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."
It is unclear when the robot dogs will be deployed.