Will a van and delivery robots combination be competitive as a logistics solution?

An article in CNN money titled “This Mercedes Benz van will carry a fleet of delivery robots” (http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/07/technology/starship-robot-mercedes-benz/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool) describes a Mercedes van and a fleet of robots from Starship technologies that will combine the speed of travel of the van and the flexibility of delivery for the robots. As robots deliver and return to the vehicle, new loads will be put on them for the next delivery. Will such a combined solution improve the economics of last mile delivery as against using human delivery personnel ? Would delivery robots or delivery drones be more competitive for the delivery to the customer doorstep ? Is this the next step to further automation with a driverless truck combined with robot or drone local deliveries ?

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