German automotive company Continental has debuted its Continental Urban Mobility Experience (CUbE) concept, which leverages a driverless vehicle to carry and deploy ‘cascading robots’ to deliver and distribute goods directly to consumers, at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.
The CUbE, Continental’s autonomous electrified development platform, is a solution for urban first- or last-mile mobility and will be a part of the seamless mobility value chain. The purpose of these vehicles will be extended to goods delivery to further utilize the available transport capacity and reduce idle times.
Market estimations show that the need to transport goods will even outpace the strongly growing need to transport people in densely populated areas.
With expertise in scalable technologies and solutions like sensors, environment perception and modeling, localization, positioning, situation analysis, decision making and mechatronic actuators, Continental has the solutions and know-how to address this need.
“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 & safety division, Continental.
“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.”