Robots are starting to deliver parcels in London, aren’t they afraid of being stolen?
AsiaIndustrial NetNews: According to the TechRadar website, the courier company Hermes has teamed up with Starship Technologies (hereinafter referred to as “Starship”) to develop a self-driving car that can send packages from one package to another.robot. Hermes conducted early trials in Germany last year and is now conducting more trials of the robot in London’s Southwark district.
Last year, JustEat partnered with Starship, and the robot successfully completed a food delivery trial. Therefore, we know that its technology is successful, and the purpose of the latest trial is to check whether it is suitable for express service.
Carole Woodhead, Hermes chief executive, said in a statement issued by the company, “Starship is an innovative and pioneering company that we already know has been successful in its food delivery trial in London. .We are excited about partnering with Starship to bring a revolution to the express delivery market.”
Better for urban use than drones
TechRadar says that Hermes customers can “call” a robot, and the robot will arrive within half an hour, pick up the package and deliver it to a nearby destination. Currently, the Robots can only operate within a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) radius of the control center. The robot needs to be charged at the control center.
The robot has nine cameras integrated to ensure it doesn’t collide with other objects, six wheels to help keep it stable, and a “walking” speed of up to 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) per hour. The customer’s package (up to 10 kg) can be safely placed in a cargo hold. Users can lock the cargo compartment using a dedicated smartphone app.
TechRadar said that Hermes hopes that the robot will eventually replace drones, and it is especially suitable for applications in cities, where there are many restrictions on flying drones.
Starship’s long-term plan is to make the robots 99 percent autonomous, meaning they can be remotely controlled for easy maintenance.
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