Tesco tests robot home delivery
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