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The car has a robotic arm.
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  • The company behind Walmart‘s

    pickup towers
    has developed a self-driving car that
    delivers packages to homes and businesses. 
  • The car uses a robotic arm to place the packages in
    pickup lockers outside homes and businesses. Eventually, it
    will be able to deliver to mailboxes and pickup towers as
    well. 
  • Autonomous delivery could be a boon for retailers,
    which have seen shipping costs balloon in recent
    years.

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.


Cleveron
The Lotte robotic courier places a package inside a
pickup locker.

Cleveron

“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).”


2016 McKinsey
study

 estimated that autonomous vehicles,
including drones, would account for about 80% of all consumer
parcel deliveries during the next 10 years.

And according to a 
new
study from the consulting firm KPMG

, approximately one
million autonomous delivery robots could be on the streets by
2040.


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Autonomous delivery could be a boon for retailers, which
have seen shipping costs balloon in recent years. Amazon

,
for example, saw its shipping costs double between 2015 and 2017
to $21.7 billion.

Ford and
Walmart

recently partnered
to begin testing the delivery of goods
using autonomous vehicles in Florida.

Kroger has also been testing the
delivery of groceries in driverless cars.

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