The Future is Now for Contactless, Autonomous Delivery

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2Q 2020 | IN-5817


Deliveries Move from Curbside to Threshold


Prior to the pandemic, autonomous delivery technologies, from pods to robots and drones, led a wave of trials across multiple geographies. Use cases were focused on meal delivery, fulfilment, and medical centers, and some limited grocery pilots. Now, there are recurring announcements of government agencies approving exceptions to permit more rapid and widespread adoption of these autonomous form factors. This opens up previously unheard of opportunities for technology, delivery, and robotics leaders and startups to accelerate operations on city streets, sidewalks, and air space, supporting touchless delivery and protecting both frontline workers and consumers.

Here Come the Pods


As social distancing and stay at home orders have been enacted globally, there has been massive interest in touchless delivery options. According to Apptopia, downloads for Instacart, Walmart Grocery, and Shipt had increases of 218%,160%, and 124% from February to mid-March 2020, potentially moving online grocery penetration from 5% to 12% by…

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