Delivery Robots Make Shopping Easy


The English town of Milton Keynes, in Buckinghamshire, UK, which is known for its roundabouts and concrete cow statues, has added another feather to its hat—shopping delivery robots. Each automated vehicle is a machine with six wheels, cameras, sensors and an alarm and is topped with an orange flag to aid visibility. 200 such robots are being used on residential streets with plans to put 500 more into service in five more places across the country.

The need for delivery robots was realised during the lockdown last year when everyone needed contactless delivery. The goods are loaded onto the delivery robot vehicle and set onto the pavement. The robot can turn, cross the road and reverse to let a car pass. If the robot is stuck, it can be operated manually by a controller. The robot can reach its destination in an hour and users can unlock it with their smartphone.

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