Uses a virtual map for navigation!
According to the company, the robot will work with students as part of a pilot program at High Tech Campus Eindhoven throughout the summer. Visitors will be able to place their orders through the app at Albert Heijn’s AH to go store. Notably, the robot navigates itself using the virtual map and can be opened with the smartphone upon arrival.
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Same technology as autonomous car
In this case, the robot comes equipped with sensors to make sure it doesn’t bump into any obstacles on the way. Furthermore, the TeleRetail used the same technology and components in the robot that is used for autonomous cars from sponsors like German automotive supplier Bosch, chip maker Nvidia and lidar makers SICK. Albert Heijn commented, ‘This way, you can continue working undisturbed while lunch is arranged for you.”
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Price expected to drop in future
The development of this delivery robot was partly funded by the ESA space agency. According to Torsten Scholl, CEO, the current prototype costs somewhere between €50,000 and €100,000 depending on the configuration but expected around €10,000 to €20,000 it is expected in the near future. Having said that, Albert Heijn has no plans as such to roll-out outside the campus grounds.
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