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Continental demonstrates delivery robots at CES 2019

The Continental Urban Mobility Experience or ’CUbE’ is designed to form part of a seamless mobility chain

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Continental's robodogs are deployed for delivery to consumers
Continental's robodogs are deployed for delivery to consumers

Continental will exhibit how a driverless vehicle could be used to stage and deploy delivery robots at the CES 2019 electronics event, which runs 8-11 January in Las Vegas. It will show how the robots can take packages all the way to the consumer, even when they’re not able to physically receive the goods.

 

The Continental Urban Mobility Experience (CUbE) driverless vehicle – often referred to as a robo-taxi or pod – is designed to form part of the seamless mobility value chain which could become a feature of smart cities in the future.

 

Extending the use of driverless cars

 

Market estimations show that the need to transport goods will even outpace the strongly growing need for people transport in densely populated areas. There will be peaks in demand for driverless vehicles during the day and to make use of such vehicles outside those peak rush hours is where robot-delivery comes in.

 

“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 Ralph Lauxmann, head of systems and technology, chassis and safety division, Continental.

 

He added: “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.”

“Our vision of cascaded robot delivery leverages a driverless vehicle to carry delivery robots, creating an efficient transport team”

Goods and parcel delivery to residential areas is a growing and dynamic market, driven by e-commerce sales that are increasing every year. With the growth of this segment, delivery cost per hour is gaining importance. This positions last mile and delivery services as a differentiator.

 

Integral to future urban mobility

 

Continental views automated goods delivery as an integral part of future urban mobility as an addition to conventional goods delivery. Driverless vehicles like the CUbE can carry one or multiple delivery robots and deploy them to handle the last yards of the goods and parcel delivery logistics chain.

 

“Industrialising the automation of goods delivery requires reliable, robust, high-performing and best-cost technology – a mix perfectly reflected in the automotive equivalent of automation,” said Lauxmann.

“The challenges to a delivery robot parallel what we already solve for in automated vehicles”

With existing delivery robots serving as a development platform, Continental is ready to transfer and scale automotive technology to meet robot manufacturers’ requirements. “The challenges to a delivery robot parallel what we already solve for in automated vehicles,” said Jeremy McClain, director of systems and technology, Continental North America.

 

“Plus, delivery robots will require technology that is just as advanced and robust as our automotive solutions.”

 

At Continental’s booth (North Hall, Booth 7519) during CES 2019 in Las Vegas, an autonomous shuttle will be paired with a delivery robot in a residential setting.

 

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