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Friday, October 09, 2020

Rolling Newspaper Delivery Drones in Tokyo

 More advances in navigating street and sidewalks for automated delivery.  Lifting of restrictions on autonomous systems will also be key.

Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo   The Japan Times,  October 7, 2020

Japan Post Co., a Japanese post, logistics, and courier services provider, is testing a self-driving mail delivery robot that can maneuver around obstacles and cross intersections with traffic lights in Tokyo. Developed by Tokyo-based robotics firm ZMP Inc., the DeliRo is the size of a wheelchair, features built-in cameras and sensors, and can carry packages weighing up to 30 kilograms (about 13 lbs.) while traveling six kilometers per hour (about 19 mph). Based on the results of test runs through this month, the Japanese government will consider lifting restrictions on autonomous delivery robots, which currently cannot operate on sidewalks or public roads without human monitoring. .... '

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