Snapdeal, Ottonomy IO test last-mile delivery using robots in Delhi

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The robots use machine learning, fuse data from 3D Lidar and cameras to have a robust understanding of the external world

India’s e-commerce major Snapdeal and autonomous delivery startup Ottonomy IO successfully tested a last-mile delivery using robots to ensure contactless deliveries.

The test was conducted in select locations in Delhi and the robots can move along the sidewalks and streets in local areas on its own to deliver orders to nearby customers.

The delivery robots were stationed at the entrance of residential societies, wherein the delivery agent scanned a QR code and placed the package inside. Equipped with the society's map, the robot navigated to reach the consumer, Snapdeal said in a statement.

"The orders placed by users were delivered in the last mile by a robot with the package sanitised on the way. The contactless delivery of a sanitised packet is an initiative by the firms to make e-commerce deliveries safer for its users," the etailer said.

The robots use machine learning, fuse data from 3D Lidar and cameras to have a robust understanding of the external world, Snapdeal said.

It may be recalled that e-commerce majors Amazon and Walmart are turning to drones for making package deliveries.

Snapdeal said the robots navigate to reach the consumer as they are programmed with the layout of the delivery areas. Once the delivery robot arrives at the doorstep, the customer receives an alert. Through a unique QR code sent to the user, the hold area of the robot can be unlocked and the customer can retrieve their order.

The autonomous delivery robots are equipped with ultraviolet lighting to disinfect the packet while navigating to the delivery location. The robots can be remotely monitored and controlled whenever there is human intervention needed, Snapdeal said.

With inputs from Agency

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