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Mercedes combines van with delivery robots

In partnership with Starship Technologies, Mercedes-Benz has created a prototype that will revolutionise the world of package delivery. Specially-adapted vans have been fitted with eight autonomous delivery robots on wheels, so that the van itself acts as a kind of mothership. The vans drive to designated locations where the robots carry out the deliveries in a radius of 1.5 to 3 kilometres. This helps the larger vehicles avoid inner city traffic. The robots are loaded with their goods in the "Robovan" using a racking system that enables 400 packages to be delivered every 9-hour shift.

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