Chinese brand Geely has devised a “contactless delivery system” whereby owners would receive the keys to their new car via drone in China.
The car would be delivered to their house and then the key directly to their door or balcony. The keys are only ever touched by a delivery driver wearing disposable plastic gloves.
The move is in response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and the company assures its potential customers that all vehicles have been intensely cleaned before delivery.
The Geely brand isn’t a household name in New Zealand but it owns several car marques including Volvo and Lotus.
Geely has form in responding to the outbreak. Earlier this month the maker announced it was adding an “Intelligent Air Purification System” which can help stop viruses and bacteria spreading through the cabin.
Tesla already has similar tech called Bio Defense Mode, which is an upgraded air filtration set-up that can reportedly block harmful elements down to a certain size to about 0.3 micrometres. The Tesla tech was originally designed to filter out air pollution and smog.