To take advantage of the surge in demand for home delivery, a Singapore technology company deployed a pair of robots to bring residents’ groceries to a part of the city.
The robot developed by OTSaw Digital and named “Camello” has provided services to 700 households during a one-year trial period.
Users can book delivery locations for milk and eggs, and the app will notify them when the robot is about to arrive at the pickup point (usually in the lobby of an apartment building).
These robots are equipped with 3D sensors, a camera and two compartments. Each compartment can carry 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of food or packages ordered online, and deliver four to five deliveries a day on weekdays, and within half a day Standby Saturday.
Ling Tingming, CEO of OTSAW Digital, said that they use ultraviolet rays to disinfect themselves every time they travel.
He told Reuters: “Especially during this pandemic, everyone is watching a non-contact, unmanned life.”
For the time being, the staff will carry the robot with them to ensure that there will be no problems.
Tashfique Haider, a 25-year-old student who tried the service, said it may be especially helpful for seniors so they don’t have to bring things home.
But a passerby worried that this technology might cause too much trouble for some people.
Xue Yaxin, a 36-year-old housewife, said: “Young customers will like it. I don’t think they (the older generation) will like it, because these are gadgets that young people like.”
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