The company behind Walmart’s pickup towers has developed a self-driving car that could upend the last-mile delivery industry.
The car, called Lotte, is a robotic courier. It autonomously transports packages to homes and businesses and uses a robotic arm to place the packages in a pickup locker. Eventually, it will be able to deliver packages to mailboxes and pickup towers as well.
The Lotte, designed by Estonia-based technology firm Cleveron, is among the only self-driving delivery vehicles that can complete deliveries without any human intervention.
“Since the robot courier will replace human labor, which makes the last mile delivery cheaper,” said Cleveron CEO Arno Kutt. “This in turn helps e-commerce grow even more — it will be less expensive (we eliminate labor costs) and extremely convenient (the parcels are waiting for you safely in your own parcel locker).”
A2016 McKinsey studyestimated that autonomous vehicles, including drones, would account for about 80% of all consumer parcel deliveries during the next 10 years.