One day, your groceries might be delivered by robot. That’s the future online supermarket Ocado has been exploring, as it runs a trial in East London of a self-driving delivery van.
The trial lets residents of a new Greenwich development order free gift hampers, which will then be delivered to their homes. It’s a tentative experiment, and the vehicle’s capabilities are limited. It still has a human in the driver’s seat, for example, ready to take control at a moment’s notice. It only travels at around four miles per hour.
But it’s also all still early days — and hints at the evolution of home deliveries in years to come.
Ocado is famous for the robots in its warehouses and its focus on tech, but it didn’t build the vehicles itself. It enlisted the firm Oxbotica for that.
Via Business Insider