Swiss Post will experiment with self-driving robots delivering goods over the last mile. The Swiss postal company will use models from robot manufacturer Starship Technologies.
Last month, this company enabled two retailers in the UK and two companies in Germany to experiment with the robots.
Fitted with a lock to prevent thefts, and a GPS to find their way, these six-wheeled pods will move at walking speed (up to 4mph) avoiding pedestrians and other obstacles thanks to their on-board cameras and sensors.
The parcel robot also “learns” with every journey, thus increasing its level of autonomy. The delivery robots are always accompanied and monitored by a person during the test journeys so that as much information on its operation as possible can be collected.
But don’t expect deliverymen across Switzerland to disappear anytime soon. Read more