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.

A postal worker loads a parcel onto the delivery robot in Minamisōma, Fukushima, on December 21. (© Jiji)

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.

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