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The robot dog makes a delivery at Continental's booth.

CES Notebook: Autonomous demos; a focus on last mile

Autonomous demos come in all shapes and sizes during CES.

For Continental, the demo didn’t involve a car – or even a human. Instead, a robot dog was the star of its show.

In partnership with ANYbotics, Continental ran several demos during CES of the robot dog exiting a delivery truck and stepping over a scooter in its path, before climbing several steps and ringing the front door bell to deliver a package.

Meanwhile, among the demos out on the Las Vegas roads, AutoX garnered headlines for using its test car to pick up food from a local Applebee’s and autonomously delivering it near the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Photo: Neil Abt/Fleet Owner

HERE Technologies gives a demo of its last-mile programs for fleets to a group of Asian transportation officials.

Inside CES, dozens of companies displayed concept vehicles, such as Valeo. It built an autonomous car using only its own sensors, scanners and LiDAR. It also featured Drive4U Remote, enabling operators to control a vehicle from a remote location.

Speaking of LiDAR, there were once again countless companies from across the globe at CES. As these companies compete for attention, they commonly touted increased fields of view, smaller sensor sizes, higher resolution and the ability to operate in all weather. 

Other companies showed how they were using artificial intelligence to uncover cybersecurity threats on the systems needed for advanced safety systems. Elsewhere, consumer-focused companies were using part of its CES messaging to attract fleet customers.

One example is HERE Technologies, a provider of mapping and location services in 200 countries. It was promoting its growing services for commercial fleets.

Jussi Koski, director of enterprise telematics, said the company is focused on the “underserved” last mile segment. 

E-commerce requires greater visibility and routing accuracy, Koski said. HERE’s data helps create the most efficient route and delivery order sequences for drivers, he said.

Nearby, Visteon was showing its in-car cockpit domain controller, known as SmartCore. The technology is in use some Mercedes-Benz cars, and pieces of it will likely makes its way in trucks in the near future.

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