Japan Post Tests Delivery Robot in Fukushima (News)
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Minamisoma, Fukushima Pref., Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)—Japan Post Co. tested a wagon-type delivery robot in Fukushima Prefecture on Thursday in a bid to counter manpower shortages in the transport sector in response to the spread of online shopping.
The test was conducted in the city of Minamisōma jointly with convenience store operator Lawson Inc.
The robot transported postal items and products by moving between tents representing a post office, convenience store, and customer's house set up on pavements within a sports facility.
The robot, developed by Japanese startup ZMP Inc., can travel at a maximum speed of 6 kilometers per hour and carry items weighing up to 100 kilograms.
Equipped with artificial intelligence technology, the robot recognizes its surrounding environment using a laser sensor and camera while traveling.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]