SINGAPORE – Hoping to capitalise on a surge in demand for home deliveries, a Singapore technology company has deployed a pair of robots to carry residents their groceries in a single part of the city state.
Developed by OTSAW Digital and each named “Camello”, the robots’ services have been offered to 700 households in a one-year trial.
Users can book supply slots for his or her milk and eggs, and an app notifies them when the robotic is about to achieve a pick-up point – often the foyer of an condo constructing.
The robots, that are geared up with 3D sensors, a digicam and two compartments every capable of carry as much as 44 lb of food or parcels ordered online, make 4 or 5 deliveries per day on weekdays and are on call for half day on Saturday.
They use ultraviolet mild to disinfect themselves after each journey, said OTSAW Digital’s chief executive, Ling Ting Ming.
“Especially during this pandemic period, everybody is looking at contactless, humanless,” he instructed Reuters.
For the time being, staff accompany the robots on their rounds to make sure no problems come up.
Tashfique Haider, a 25-year-old student who has tried out the service, said it may very well be significantly useful for the aged so that they wouldn’t have to hold goods home.
However a passerby frightened the technology is perhaps an excessive amount of hassle for some.
“The younger customers will like it. I don’t think they (the older generation) will, because these are gadgets that younger people like,” said 36-year-old housewife Xue Ya Xin.