Tesco tests ro­bot home de­liv­ery

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A RO­BOT courier ser­vice able to de­liver gro­ceries in un­der an hour is be­ing tested out by Bri­tish su­per­mar­ket chain Tesco.

The ve­hi­cles, ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing up to 10kg, travel on pave­ments and have a max­i­mum speed of just 6km per hour. Af­ter suc­cess­fully get­ting a food or­der to an ad­dress in cen­tral Lon­don, Tesco plans a wider trial of ro­bot de­liv­er­ies as part of its Tesco Now ser­vice.

The same bug­gies were used in tri­als by Her­mes and Just Eat ear­lier this year. The six-wheeled ve­hi­cles, de­vel­oped by Lon­don­based tech firm Star­ship Tech­nolo­gies, will be able to de­liver items within a 4km ra­dius.

The ro­bots are 55cm high and 70cm long and have sen­sors and cam­eras which mean they can au­to­mat­i­cally avoid pedestrians or other ob­sta­cles. They are fit­ted with GPS track­ing and sev­eral can be mon­i­tored at the same time from a con­trol cen­tre. The hu­man op­er­a­tor can also alert the po­lice with the ro­bot’s location if it is tar­geted by a thief.

Amazon launched a one-hour gro­cery de­liv­ery ser­vice in Lon­don two years ago. Since then it has been rolled out to al­most a third of the UK, in­clud­ing ma­jor cities. – Daily Mail

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