Japanese robots can add mail delivery to their resumes,media CNET reported. Japan Post on Wednesday unveiled a self-driving mail delivery robot in Tokyo as a solution to minimize human contact during the new crown pandemic. This cute red DeliRo robot comes with a built-in camera and sensors, so it can avoid obstacles such as utility poles. It can also cross busy intersections by reading traffic lights.
The postal robot, developed by ZMP, can carry packages weighing up to 30 kg and travel at speeds of up to 6 km/h. Japan Post hopes to put self-driving delivery robots into regular use by 2021, the Japan Times reported.
Japan Post is conducting a series of delivery tests on mail bots, which start on September 18 and run until the end of October.
Based on the test results, the Japanese government may have to relax its current rules on autonomous delivery robots, which are not allowed to use sidewalks or public roads without human handlers nearby.