Apr 17, 2017

Hermes begins trial using self-driving robots in London

The six-wheeled robots from Starship Technologies will be used to collect parcels rather than deliver them. They weigh 18kg, and can travel at up to 4mph. Hermes is only using the robots within a two-mile radius of its control centres, in a limited number of 30-minute collection slots to see how they cope with tight turnarounds. The self-driving robots are thought to have several advantages over aerial drones, from being able to carry heavier payloads to being less likely to fall foul of aviation laws. Each supervisor will watch over three robots via their on-board cameras and take control of road-crossings and other challenging situations. In time Starship says one operator should be able to control up to 100 robots, which would make its operation more cost effective.

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