Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Logistics Part 2

Robots and autonomous delivery droids: High-tech for the last mile at the 2020 CES

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Sensorik, autonome Fahrzeuge und Partnerschaften: Neuigkeiten auf der CES2020 in Las Vegas helfen Logistikern, Lieferketten effizienter zu gestalten.Sensor technology, autonomous vehicles and partnerships: these innovations at CES in Las Vegas will help logistics companies to make supply chains more efficient.

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Humanoid transport robots, autonomous delivery droids, or new driver surveillance technology: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has long been a source of technological information and inspiration in the field of logistics. In the first part of our CES retrospective, we discussed the big trends. Now we want to introduce some of the products presented in Las Vegas for the last mile.

The Few Last Meters

The technical solution for the last few meters of the last mile was presented by Agility Robotics in Las Vegas. As usual, the American robotics experts amazed visitors with solutions that were so sophisticated in terms of their mechatronics that they seemed like science-fiction. There was a robot at the CES that, because of its two hands, two feet, and upright walk, appeared to be pretty humanoid. “Digit“ is actually a human-like robot that not only can move confidently within the same surroundings as humans do, but is also set up for autonomous machine-human collaboration.

Important applications for “Digit” include warehouse logistics and handling the last 15 meters of the delivery route up to the house door. The developers at Agility Robotics have thought of a few things regarding package delivery. “Digit’s” special design allows it to fold together so that it can be carried along in smaller delivery vehicles. When it gets to its destination, the robot can get a package out of the vehicle and carry out the last steps of the delivery process by itself. If it encounters an unexpected obstacle at some point between the vehicle and the door, then “Digit” will send pictures back to the vehicle where a powerful, cloud-based computer system will work out an alternate route in real time. Thanks to its light weight, the batteries are long-lasting, which is essential for the continual work of package delivery.

One of the first and most prominent customers for Agility Robotics’ “Digit” is Ford. The vehicle manufacturer has already acquired two of them. They presented them at the CES.

Continental Presents Dog-Like Delivery Robots

The automotive supplier Continental is working on futuristic solutions for package delivery. At the 2020 CES, they showed spectacular dog robots which, along with autonomous vehicles, should make the last mile quicker and more efficient.

“Futuristic logistics solutions. The possible #future of #packagedelivery was on display at this year’s #CES in Las Vegas.“

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The vehicle that is being used is the “CUbE” (Continental Urban Mobility Experience). CUbE was developed by Continental as a platform for studies geared toward making driverless mobility possible, especially in cities. The purposes of CubE will now be expanded to include the delivery of goods in order to make better use of transport capacities and to reduce idle time. The CubE Shuttles and the robot dogs are powered electrically and autonomously. While its being used, the CubE Shuttles can carry multiple delivery robots if necessary. When they get to their destination, they can cover the last few meters of the product and package delivery chain by themselves.

Ein Roboter als Postbote. © Agility / Ford

A robot postman. © Agility / Ford

Ein Roboter als Postbote. © Agility / Ford

Agility Robotics presents the homanoid transport robot Digit in Las Vegas. © Agility / Ford

CUbe wurde von Continental entwickelt, um die fahrerlose Mobilität insbesondere in Städten zu erforschen. © Continental

CUbe was developed by Continental to explore driverless mobility, especially in cities. © Continental

    Robotic solutions for the last mile seem very futuristic. How long do you think it will be before these products catch on?