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The last shall be first (final mile robots will come first)

There is a lot of hype surrounding automated transport technology, including automated trucks and delivery robots recently. Watch Bern Grush explain.

Until recently, most interest in automated vehicles has focussed on passenger transportation, usually personal-sized vehicles for family ownership or taxis.

The reason for this popularity is that many people like the idea of owning a personal, autonomous vehicle, while many others like the idea of switching away from personal vehicles to on-demand taxis.

In other words, most people imagine the same cars they use now except they are safer and easier to use.

And many of the automotive manufacturers, such as GM or Tesla, promote the idea of consuming a personal automated vehicle.

Of course, there is an enormous gap between what auto manufacturers are currently offering and the hype of a fully driverless vehicle without a steering wheel.

Recently, two new cycles of hype have become prominent: automated trucks and delivery robots.

Reflect

When do you think you will receive your first home delivery via an automated delivery robot?

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