One of the changes that occurred during the pandemic is that we now have a much stronger bond with the couriers and shipping services of our packages. Things we don't need right away and same-day deliveries, everything is broth. Even before the pandemic there was this trend, but there is no doubt that the years 2020 and 2021 have enormously accelerated this transition.
A passage that has produced an earthquake for the players in the sector and several innovations in the field of logistics: in the medium term, however, it could bring us more and more robots that do the delivery work in the so-called "last mile". This is exactly what the concept this article is about: a delivery system based on "cooperative" robots and created by the Korean designer Minwook Jang. It is called Co-Op.
What is Co-Op?
Co-Op is an acronym that stands for Cooperation Delivery Robot. Jang's vision is simple: in a future society, robots (and not humans) will work together to deliver our packages, and this is just such a system. Delivery robots are designed to be cooperative, to be able to work as a team depending on the size, number or weight of the goods to be delivered in a given area.
Forget the beautifully loaded van that goes around the city: in the Co-Op concept, only the cars you need are used. If there are few deliveries in a small area, the "trunk" of only one of the modular robots you see in these images will suffice. If the items are larger or more numerous, the cooperative robots will be ready to "stack" or carry a large object in two (for example packages that contain a wardrobe to assemble) just like two couriers would do when carrying an object on their shoulders. voluminous.
Once the delivery is complete, all the robots used go back to the "local" hub to recharge and be reassigned.
A look at cooperative robots
As you can see, these robots have a design that makes them look friendly, with a camera sensor and a front light for night driving. They look a bit like those robots for information that every now and then you see around the electronics fairs. They are also equipped with an emergency stop button on the back, in case users need to stop the robot manually.
I doubt these robots can work well on a busy street with cars, trucks, and other vehicles. They might work best on low-traffic roads, but for now, automated vehicles aren't an important part of many cities yet. Overall this is a good concept, though, so I wouldn't be surprised if we see something like these cooperative robots in a few years.