For example, the people that are most likely to fill up their shopping cart on Amazon and at other online retailers are also the ones least likely to be home during normal delivery hours. Self-driving delivery robots, under consideration by start-ups and traditional companies alike, could ring the doorbell at the recipient’s desired time – even if the mail carrier had long finished for the day.
Autonomous delivery vehicles can also assist delivery workers and make them more efficient. The German postal service Deutsche Post will conduct an initial trial in this area from 2018 onwards, when it will send a small fleet of electric scooters onto the streets. The plan is for these “Streetscooters” to autonomously complete parts of the route thanks to the AI-capable ZF ProAI control unit, and as a result, take some of the mail carriers’ work off of their hands. The bottom line: when it comes to delivery logistics in the city of the future, highly automated and locally operated emission-free vehicles can both enhance existing processes and even complete some of the work themselves.
Starship Technologies, www.starship.xyz