In a digital world, where traditional, hand-written letters and notes (snail-mail) have been replaced by email, WhatsApp, Twitter DMs and Snapchat messages; the Norwegian postal service has decided to bring back the “snail-mail” system by taking the help of robots.
Robots can travel 6 km/hour
Citizens of Norway will soon be able to get letters and mails delivered by robots on their doors. In this regard, a deal has been finalized between Posten-Norge, the Norwegian postal service, and automation startup company Buddy Mobility. Having head-quarter in both Norway and San Francisco, Buddy Mobility is a startup comprised of researchers, developers and engineers. The company will supply robots that will deliver packages to the streets of Norway. Interestingly, the robots resemble large boxes supported on wheels and can travel at around 6 km/hour. With this good enough speed, the robots can deliver packages and mails to 100 persons in a day.
To make sure the parcels get delivered to the right recipient, the robots will make use of an app to send customers a notification about their packages and mails. The customers will then use the app to receive their mail by opening up a drawer on the robot containing their parcels. After delivering the packages, the robots will get back to the nearby distribution center for recharging and restocking with the next batch of parcels.
The robots will initially be tested on trial bases in a residential area of Kongsberg, Norway, before being started on a countrywide delivery route. This is not the first time a delivery robot will be rolled out to deliver something. Also, in Germany, a robot called PostBot is being introduced to start its delivery service by the German postal service, Deutsche Post.