This delivery system has done well in early trials. I think it will be safer than drones in the air. Drones pose too much of a safety hazzard if they crash and hit the public. I like the idea of ground based delivery. They can still get into accidents but that’s better than filling the sky with drones.
The developers started Skype. Hopefully there’s enough money behind this venture for a successful startup. I’m impressed they’ve already implemented security features to prevent theft.
This delivery system could be a big help with our aging population. Getting fresh food delivered regularly without labor expense sounds very promising.
I’m sure there’s still challenges to work out, but I find this exciting tech news. Especially since trials have been run in California and Washington.
Would you use this delivery service if it becomes available in your area?
I definitely would give it a try. My concern is the infrastructure. The roads leading to my neighborhood have very heavy urban traffic. There’s no sidewalk from the closest store. Unless the bot hops a bus, it can’t get to me.
The two mile range limit is a problem too. My mom’s Kroger is 4 miles from her house. We think of it as being very close and convenient. It’s a 6 to 8 min drive from her house.
That’s still outside the delivery bot’s range. I’m not sure how many people live within two miles of a supermarket in the US.
I see the bot can navigate over curbs. That’s a big help.
You just don’t have sidewalks running directly from stores. They’ll be some sections of sidewalks and areas where you have to walk on the grass/gravel alongside a road. The US is not convenient for pedestrians. It will be very challenging for any wheeled delivery system.
I really hope they can make this work. Our aging population needs grocery delivery. I’ve been shopping every week for my mom since she relocated near me. She can’t walk around a store anymore. It’s too exhausting for her and a fall hazard.
I agree, something this small and slow can’t use the roads. There’s 45mph traffic on the 6 lane road leading to my neighborhood. Once in awhile I see a pedestrian trying to cross and they are risking their life.
This delivery system would require a neighborhood store, only blocks from people’s homes. Even then there may be problems sharing the sidewalks with pedestrians.
There’s also crime concerns. Some people would probably vandalize these bots. They do have cameras to take photos of anyone interfering with the bot.
Same here. Except my mom lives 100 miles away. I was doing all my moms shopping. Then her grocery started delivery. Well, that stopped.
BUT now my mom can order everything online, and I just drive to the store and they load me up. That’s MUCH easier. I don’t have to interpret a grocery list and wonder if I’m actually getting the right thing.
Not a very realistic video. In real life, the old man would’ve started whacking the bot with his cane, and the boy on a bicycle would’ve flipped the thing over and left it by the side of the road with its wheels spinning in the air.
Anywhere I’ve ever lived it would’ve been open season on those things as soon as they hit the road.