Hey, we all have to adapt to COVID-19 somehow.
The novel coronavirus has caused a worldwide pandemic whose far-reaching effects will likely be felt for years. As more and more countries crackdown on everyday life with social distancing laws, delivering new cars to customers has become almost impossible. But thanks to modern technology, creative solutions have been found.
Take China's Geely, for example. The parent company of Volvo, Polestar, and Lotus has a program where before delivering a customer's newly purchased vehicle, it will disinfect it and later, deliver the keys using a drone to ensure zero human contact. Customers can even decide whether to have their new cars delivered to their home or office, though given the current situation no doubt the majority will select the home option.
Geely adds this new delivery system's drones will drop the keys directly to the customer's door or balcony. China has been dealing with the coronavirus since the end of 2019, and Geely began implementing the program in February.
Since then, over 10,000 customers have placed and paid for their new vehicle orders online. These orders are then confirmed with the customer and then forwarded to local dealerships to process and carry out. As far as disinfection goes, Geely says all vehicles go through ionization before being delivered.
Also since February, Geely is adding anti-bacterial filters to its new ICON model. Investments are being made to develop cleaner new vehicle cabins in general. Will any of Geely's new contactless delivery methods make their way to the US? Who wouldn't want their slick new Volvo XC40 or Volvo V90 Cross Country delivered to their homes with perfectly clean and disinfected cabins? And drones dropping the keys from the air? That's just plain cool.