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Snapdeal Is Testing ‘Contactless Last-Mile Delivery’ In Autonomous Robots & This Is The New Normal

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We've already seen a lot of companies get on board the idea of autonomous delivery. Now, it looks like Snapdeal is also trying to get a taste of it. Yes, the e-commerce giant is now testing using autonomous robots for last-mile delivery.

Snapdeal has partnered with a startup called Ottonomy IO for this particular test. Some of the orders that were placed by customers in the Delhi NCR region were delivered by a robot. Here's the robot -

Snapdeal Is Testing ‘Contactless Last-Mile Delivery’ © ET

As you can see, it's a four-wheeled robot that's equipped with a camera and a 3D LiDAR sensor. It can run alongside sidewalks and local streets all by itself. According to the company, the robot is capable of navigating crowded places using computer vision and AI algorithms.

The highlight of the robot is that it can disinfect itself, which is great. It's equipped with UV lighting to disinfect the packages on the way of delivery. We haven't seen anything like this feature, but it's perfect for the pandemic times that we're living in.

Snapdeal Is Testing ‘Contactless Last-Mile Delivery’ © Ottonomy

The robot is equipped with maps for deliveries and it can navigate to the destination easily. When the robot reaches your doorstep, you'll get a notification saying that your package is here. You can then scan a QR code to unlock the compartment and take your package. The robot can carry multiple packages and this is super efficient too.

Source: ET


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