Neckarsulm, Monday, 7 am. The supermarket is packed with people. As employees are filling shopping carts for their customers, robot taxis approach silently and load baskets. Electrically driven and fully autonomous, they make their way through the roads and deliver their freight directly to the recipient. In the middle of it all stands Thomas Neininger, who watches over the situation equipped with a tablet and radio. He ensures that his taxi fleet functions reliably and smoothly.
The supermarket served by Neininger’s autonomous taxi fleet is not just any discounter: It’s the supermarket for the new Audi A8. Here in hall A11 at the Neckarsulm production plant, logistics staff put together shopping baskets for the flagship.