This battery-powered robot speeds up delivery and cuts costs

Reducing costs and speeding up delivery is every company’s dream. But relying on traditional delivery methods won’t make that dream a reality anytime soon. For this reason, the logistics firm Postmates developed a robotic stroller designed to speed up the delivery process in congested cities by avoiding traffic and travelling on sidewalks instead.

The battery-powered robot, called Serve, is suitable for delivering small packages over short distances. The robot is equipped with lidar tech and cameras, thanks to which it can see where it’s going. It can carry up to 22 kilograms and travel for 40 kilometres on one charge. To communicate with the robot, customers can use its touchscreen. To signal its movement, Serve has dynamic lighting in its eyes and a light on top. This year, Postmates plans to roll out this robot in key cities across the US.