Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Swiss Post trials robot parcel deliveries in Bern...

The Swiss national postal service, which has already trialled drones and self-driving postbuses in its quest for new technology, on Tuesday announced a new partnership with UK-based start-up Starship Technologies, set up by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis.

Starship’s fleet of autonomous robots are designed to carry out local deliveries within a 5km radius and have already been seen on streets in the UK and Germany since trials began last November.

From this September the robots will be trialled with dummy parcels in three Swiss locations – the capital, Bern, and the towns of Biberist in the canton of Soloturn and K├Âniz in the canton of Bern.

 The aim is to assess the functionality of the post-bots with a view to adopting the technology for real next year, should all go to plan. Full story...

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