News: Doora, bring me a pizza please! Stockholm pilots delivery droid.
(Reuters) – Swedish telecommunications operator Tele2 and Delivery Hero’s Foodora have teamed up in Stockholm for a pilot project for self-driving home deliveries by robots.
The demand for contactless delivery around the world has increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerating the testing of autonomous robots to replace human couriers.
In addition to being the mainstay of takeaway food in the restaurant, foodora now also supplies books, technology and beauty products.
Stockholm’s new droid, known as Doora, has a camera that sends real-time information over Tele2’s 5G network to foodora, which can then track and send data to and from there.
Doora would make its first test deliveries around Stureplan Square in central Stockholm on Friday and transport up to 20 kilograms of goods, Tele2 said in a statement.
“The Doora-Droid can perceive its surroundings, communicate and thus create a situation-adapted service – self-driving home deliveries,” added Tele2.
Robotics company Nuro received approval for its self-driving vehicles in California in December.
Reporting by Tommy Lund and Paulina Cwikowska in Gdansk; Arrangement by Milla Nissi, Anna Ringstrom and Alexander Smith
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