Cute delivery robot makes test run on Tokyo’s roads amid pandemic

Cute delivery robot makes test run on Tokyo’s roads amid pandemic

There’s much more to this cute robot than you would think. The new self-driving mail delivery robot of Japan Post can travel 700 metres in about 25 minutes while carrying packages of up to 30 kgs.

The self-driving delivery robot uses built-in cameras and sensors to be able to avoid obstacles on the pavement and cross the road with traffic lights in Tokyo, reports local media.

At the moment, Japan Post is running a pilot programme until late October to see how well the robot functions. It will carry a load of 30 kilograms on a 700-metre journey from a convenience store in a hospital to a local post office – a job that should take about 25 minutes.

The most important reason behind the test of the self-driving robot is that it will reduce human interactions during the coronavirus pandemic. If the pilot programme is successful, the Japanese government will discuss easing regulations on autonomous delivery robots.

Photo is a Youtube screenshot

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