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Swiss Post to test self-driving delivery robots

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Staff Writer | Wednesday August 24, 2016 9:05AM ET
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Swiss Post said that plans to test autonomous robots as a complementary delivery solution for special items will kick off in the municipalities of Berne, Koniz and Biberist in September 2016.

"Some of the conceivable applications include same-day and same-hour delivery, grocery deliveries or even home deliveries of medical products," Swiss Post said in a statement.

"This kind of ad-hoc logistics on the last mile is currently not covered by mail carriers, which is why delivery robots may one day provide a useful extension to Swiss Post's supply chain," it added.

Traveling at walking pace on pavements and pedestrian zones, the models supplied by Starship Technologies have a load capacity of up to 10 kilograms and are able to cover around 6 kilometres.

If successful, Swiss Post is expected to implement the first commercial application of the new delivery system in three years' time at the earliest.


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