Volkswagen Staffs Detroit Auto Show Stand with Droid
The era of the auto show 'booth professional' may be coming to an end.
Two staples of any car show are the cars themselves and the ‘booth professionals’ – the latter typically model-type young women who dressed in, shall we say, body-enhancing clothing, who are there to deliver presentations about specific display cars, attracting the attention of (male) showgoers. But will these staffers remain a permanent fixture at auto-shows? The German car manufacturer is helping us reconsider.
At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen debuted a robotic replacement for the booth professional, signaling no career is safe from robot redundancy. Roaming their show stand floor was a droid that was essentially a mechanical mashup of a Segway, iPad and GoPro. While it wasn’t autonomous, the droid was controlled remotely but had the ability to see and converse with visitors. The touch screen was fully functional and allowed a visitor to access information about Volkswagen vehicles at the show.