A research report by global consultants KPMG has found more than one million self driving delivery robots could occupy US streets by 2024 due to a rapid increase in on-demand delivery.
KPMG estimate that as delivery becomes cheaper due to the effect of autonomous vehicles, personal shopping trips could be cut by half.
To fill this significant gap, one million robots will occupy America’s streets delivering everything from groceries to consumer goods.
“The number of bots needed to service such deliveries will be impressively large,” KPMG write in their report.
KPMG anticipate the majority of self-driving bots will be utilised for “instant” delivery, meaning within the hour delivery.
The second largest demand for bots will be for same day delivery with a small percentage allocated to next day delivery.