PAC. is a personal, autonomous concierge system imaging the future of delivering packages. the project seeks to transform the current mode of parcel transportation as currently many do not reach their destinations and couriers are contributing to a large percentage of urban congestion. this proposal imagines parcel distribution of the future by creating a driverless service that adapts to users requirement’s and can be easily scaled during peak times.
Pac implements a hub and spoke system into the neighborhoods. Autonomous Microhubs are utilized as storage space, and small droids are delivering the parcels to the consumers.
The Microhub is the core of the system. It is an electrically driven, autonomous distribution center, which acts as a decentralized parcel warehouse. To ensure a large delivery window and few traffic disruptions, the Microhub only moves at night and is reloaded as quickly as possible with pre-assembled shelves.
People who receive Parcels are benefitting from Pac. But how do you justify the use of public space? The design of the Microhub allows various benefits for the entire community. They can be equipped with a semi-transparent OLED screen, to display a wide range of information. Alternatively, this area can be covered by moss to function as a natural air filter. Extendable benches, allow the hub to become a green oasis inside crowded city centers.
The satellites are the actual deliverer in the system. These autonomous droids can store 10-25 parcels and distribute them on optimized routes. Thanks to their size, they can not only move on roads but also on bicycle paths or sidewalks. This makes the distribution less dependent on traffic and allows for more accurate timing.
The satellite communicates via text messages. This allows a simple and intuitive way of communication because the user is already familiar with the tool. When the satellite arrives at your doorsteps, it recognizes you, and after verifying yourself with your smart device, your parcel is presented to you.
The delivery is becoming an essential part of the shopping experience. Pac offers a premium service: The satellite picks up a „driver“ to deliver a parcel in person. He receives additional information from the sender and acts as a brand ambassador. Additionally, it allows people who greatly benefit from direct personal delivery, for example, because they are physically limited, to enjoy an inclusive service.