Your myHermes parcel could be delivered by Robot in London

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Hermes are to test the use of self-driving delivery robots in London. In partnership with Starship Technologies, Hermes will soon trial a number of parcel collections in the London borough of Southwark.

This latest trial follows on from a project that has seen Hermes Germany and Starship Technologies test parcel delivery by robot in the Ottensen, Volksdorf and Grindel suburbs of Hamburg. Since last August, three robots were deployed on the streets of the German city.

Hermes will use the testing period in the UK to better understand how the robots could enhance the company’s ability to offer an increased range of on-demand solutions in the future, as part of its ongoing commitment to providing value-added services. Initially, the trial will allow the delivery firm to offer limited thirty-minute time slots for the collection of parcels, either for items being returned to retailers, or for items being sent by small businesses or consumers via myHermes. Moving forward, the robots could offer Hermes greater scheduling and tracking capabilities.

The robots can be used within a 2 mile radius from a control centre, where the vehicles are loaded and charged. The aim is for the robots to be 99% autonomous in the future, and can always be connected to a human operator via the internet and GPS. In the future, one operator can monitor several robots at the same time and can also take control of the robots if required.

“Starship Technologies is a highly innovative and pioneering firm. We are extremely pleased to utilise their expertise to explore exciting new ways that will further strengthen our portfolio of services and offer greater choice and convenience for customers. We can already see first-hand the success they’ve had with food deliveries in London, and we are excited to team up with them in a bid to revolutionise the home delivery marketplace.”
– Carole Woodhead, CEO of Hermes

3 Responses

  1. How will all these robots and drones cope with the gangs we have now? I can’t see them leaving these things alone.

    Mildly more likely than Elon Musk’s prediction of manned missions to Mars by 2022 … but that’s not saying much.

  2. Does it have a feature like the Human drivers, so when no-ones home it efects the parcel over the garden gate ? or if somebody did steal it does it sign for it as ‘left in your safe place’

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