This article is available also in spanish here
California tests driverless taxis for contactless deliveries
My list

Author | M. Martínez EuklidiadasContactless technology emerged some years ago with the aim of making our lives easier, but it has gained momentum during a pandemic scenario in which we all are having to avoid touching objects. But its future goes beyond payments. Now that delivery companies are being advised to deliver goods to our doorsteps, there are companies that are testing deliveries without personnel using robot vehicles.

Pony.ai to test autonomous robo-taxis for deliveries

The use of robotic vehicles for deliveries is not new, and delivery robots are expected to replace riders within the next few years. If in calculations just one year ago, full focus was on the low cost of maintaining delivery carts, plus the labor costs of delivery personnel, and the lack of efficiency of the latter, now safety has become a priority.That is why the robotaxi service Pony.ai has extended its driverless vehicle testing and has partnered with the eCommerce company Yamibuy to deliver goods to its customers. If a few months ago its goal was to use vehicles as taxis, with the world at a standstill and the rise in online purchases, it has had to rethink its strategy. They have already tested it in Fremont and the next stop is Irvine, both towns in California.https://twitter.com/PonyAI_tech/status/1258536505699495937

Contactless deliveries to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection

Social isolation has become the best tool to combat the spread of the virus. These deliveries through autonomous or driverless vehicles are even safer than classic ‘contactless deliveries’ in which the delivery person intervenes, because the human component is eliminated. Without human intervention, the probability of contagion is very low.At the end of May, the WHO published that there was still no proof that people could catch the virus through touching surfaces, which makes contact between people practically fully responsible for spreading the virus. These autonomous robots could quickly eliminate one of the vectors for transmission, just as telecommuting has eliminated a considerable part of contact in work environments.

Moving a car to deliver a hamburger?

As mentioned earlier, the idea of deliveries without humans is not new. Only three years ago, Just Eat tested home deliveries of food in London using a six-wheeled robot. In 2020, Spain announced the arrival of the Yape, the two-wheeled autonomous robot prototype with gyroscope. The difference with California is notable.delivery robotGiven that the American urban modelrequires a large area and the intensive use of highways for practically every journey, delivery companies have no choice but to make use of robotic driverless taxis to get to homes. The same scenario can be seen in rural areas.On the other hand, in more densely populated urban centers, such as those in European and South American capitals or in Southeast China, goods can be delivered using more compact and more environmentally-friendly vehicles. Remember that once the economic and health emergency has been overcome after Covid-19, we will have to tackle the climate crisis.That said, and in defense of the delivery model based on cars in movement such as the one proposed by Pony.ai and Yamibuy, these vehicles can transport goods and parcels that go beyond food deliveries, such as furniture or large boxes.It would seem that the automation forecasts for eCommerce are making rapid progress, this time for health reasons, although they are still a long way away from flying taxis.Images | Just Eat, Pony.ai

Main Street business failure fears rise again in pandemic whipsaw
Main Street business failure fears rise again in pandemic whipsaw
The 7 Best Tools to Digitally Transform Your Business in 2021
The 7 Best Tools to Digitally Transform Your Business in 2021
NRF 2021: How 5G, Smart Cities and a Global Pandemic Are Changing Shopping Forever
NRF 2021: How 5G, Smart Cities and a Global Pandemic Are Changing Shopping Forever
Welcome to the supermarket of the future: How technology is transforming the weekly shop
Welcome to the supermarket of the future: How technology is transforming the weekly shop
Localoo: A solution to attract and build a stronger customer loyalty from online to offline
Localoo: A solution to attract and build a stronger customer loyalty from online to offline
Microsoft: Smart Places and Infrastructure with IoT, AI, and Digital Twins
Microsoft: Smart Places and Infrastructure with IoT, AI, and Digital Twins
The beginning of the end of cash: when advances in technology threaten the weakest
The beginning of the end of cash: when advances in technology threaten the weakest
Toward a plastic-free future: alternatives and the future for almost eternal pollutants
Toward a plastic-free future: alternatives and the future for almost eternal pollutants
Paris wants to become a
Paris wants to become a "15-minute city"
Daizy: Making IoT accessible to anyone
Daizy: Making IoT accessible to anyone
Xpernest: Handy tools to ensure a successful social distancing
Xpernest: Handy tools to ensure a successful social distancing
Clever Bins: Enhancing recycling management
Clever Bins: Enhancing recycling management
Microsoft: A strong commitment to a planet-size challenge
Microsoft: A strong commitment to a planet-size challenge
Smart City and Region Energy: Sizing up the energy transition
Smart City and Region Energy: Sizing up the energy transition
MetroTaifun: Keeping trash out of sight
MetroTaifun: Keeping trash out of sight
Taiwan, Korea, Singapore: Big Data to combat the pandemic
Taiwan, Korea, Singapore: Big Data to combat the pandemic
California tests driverless taxis for contactless deliveries
California tests driverless taxis for contactless deliveries
AAM Solution: The future of personal mobility is up in the air
AAM Solution: The future of personal mobility is up in the air
Xiong’an, China’s self-sufficient city
Xiong’an, China’s self-sufficient city
Proxyclick: Getting ready for the future of work
Proxyclick: Getting ready for the future of work
OpenCities Planner: Twinning to make sense of the future cities
OpenCities Planner: Twinning to make sense of the future cities
IEE: People Counter
IEE: People Counter
Expo 2020 Dubai: A blueprint for future smart cities
Expo 2020 Dubai: A blueprint for future smart cities
EyeVI: mobile mapping system
EyeVI: mobile mapping system
Zeetta: Simplifying and automating network operations
Zeetta: Simplifying and automating network operations
Ai.just: AI to keep COVID-19 in check at work
Ai.just: AI to keep COVID-19 in check at work
eSIM: Yout embedded SIM card in full control, by 1oT Terminal
eSIM: Yout embedded SIM card in full control, by 1oT Terminal
Go Zero Waste: A guide to zero waste living
Go Zero Waste: A guide to zero waste living
App&Town: When tech fuels more inclusive transportation
App&Town: When tech fuels more inclusive transportation
Neutroon: how to democratize 5G
Neutroon: how to democratize 5G
Recommended profiles for you
Remember to activate your profile to network!
Activate profile
JS
Javier Sanchis
CdA, SL
CEO
BA
Babar Ali
Seattle Hemp Company
CEO
AL
Andrea Lopez Morales
Avansel
Directora de comunicación
SS
Stephan Scholz
MS4B S.L.
CEO
AA
Adela Farah Aglia Adela Farah Aglia
Jobseeker
Jobseeker
ec
enrique chardon
BALKO ARGENTINA
ceo
jE
jota EQUIX
mediapro
journalist
KK
Kamlesh Kanani
Enbon Led
Owner
CA
Cleverson Almeida
Clever innov
CEO
EO
Elena Orellana
Barter
Project Manager
RS
Roberto Sablayrolles
Streetsense
Creative Director
María Corcuera Jauregui
María Corcuera Jauregui
Retail Actual, revista (Infoedita)
Copywriter and content coordinator (Print and online www.retailactual.com)
Sara Estrella Espinoza Maza
Sara Estrella Espinoza Maza
Raubet.S.A
Gerente
PA
Pablo Anton
Brancor
Director.
BC
Beatriz Cruz
Balko Argentina
Manager
MD
Manuel Dieguez Villalba
RetailExperience
CEO
valeria carrete
valeria carrete
Transire eletronics
New Business Head
Fernando Osorio
Fernando Osorio
DesignArt & Services
Mexican company dedicated to the creation of projects to the design interior spaces and furniture.
JT
Jayant Tarte
Reno systems
Proprietor
Joan Manuel Bonet Solé
Joan Manuel Bonet Solé
Flor de Barcelona
Founder

Only accessible for registered users
This content is available only for registered users
TO: $$toName$$
SUBJECT: Message from $$fromName$$