ZMP testing autonomous logistics trolley robot

ZMP Inc. starts testing the service delivery robot. The company headquartered in Tokyo in August will commence testing the autonomous robot carrying logistics as an alternative to the use of drones for door-to-door courier business. The trolley robot becomes a private carrier and gains a context in the courier business in Japan as a solution to the growing labor shortage.

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ZMP Inc. announces the CarriRo robot is a box trolley with a length of 133 centimeters and 109 cm height designed to move on the sidewalk and carry payloads up to 100 pounds. The company has been working with a sushi delivery service operator, Ride On Express Co., to test autonomous prototypes on private properties.

"Our delivery robot is better suited than unmanned aircraft when delivering heavy products like food," said ZMP CEO Hisashi Taniguchi.

Robots equipped with cameras and sensors to navigate yourself, running at a maximum speed of 6 kilometers per hour and choosing your own route using the map. The device is backed up from a distance when needed. The robot features include cargo temperature control. ZMP also developed self-driving car technology.

Customers unlock robot cargo using codes sent via smartphone. ZMP will urge the government to make the necessary regulation for testing CarriRo robots on public roads. They hope CarriRo's use is the same as electric scooters for the elderly.

ZMP is not the first to build a delivery robot. Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd. began testing autonomous robots in Australia last year, while companies such as Amazon, Rakuten, and UPS are trying to build a drone system for door-to-door package delivery.