The R2-D2 Of Mail Delivery Helps Postal Workers On Their Rounds


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The R2-D2 Of Mail Delivery Helps Postal Workers On Their Rounds

The future! A faraway, elusive place, that bastard. Like Eddie Izzard once said: “Those doors that go swoosh in Star Trek? We got them now! And that’s about it.” Now, we’ve got another detail of that distant future: A robot that is the R2-D2 to the German postal service’s Luke Skywalkers.

Its name is PostBot, and it was designed by French company Effidence with “considerable help from the delivery staff of Deutsche Post,” according to the German equivalent to the U.S. Postal Service. The electric-powered robot can carry up to 330 pounds of letters and packages through the city, using artificial intelligence to follow the legs of its mail carrier through the entire delivery route, navigating obstacles in any weather condition. According to Deutsche Post, “the control elements have been placed on both sides of the unit to promote good ergonomics for the [workers’] back and joints.” What’s more, this thing is fast. Check out this video:

 

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This article and images were originally posted on [Co.Design] October 26, 2017 at 10:33AM

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