In March, Albert Heijn announced that it was working on a delivery robot called Aitonomi. The robot will be able to start testing rounds next week.
Autonomous delivery robots seem to be the (distant) future of e-commerce. Earlier we told you how Amazon introduced new robots in their logistics center. Albert Heijn in the Netherlands is also interested in autonomous delivery robots. This became clear when it announced its Aitonomi delivery robot in March and it will soon be able to start its first test drives.
High Tech Campus
For safety reasons, the delivery robot is not sent onto the public highway. Aitonomi’s first deliveries will take place at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven between July 15 & July 26. The robot is only available on working days, as human workers are still needed to load the orders in the AH to go on the campus.
The robot will drive from one location to another using a virtual map of the campus to deliver orders. The sensors on the blue trolley should ensure that it does not collide in the meantime.
The Aitonomi is produced by the Swiss-German company TeleRetail and costs between 50,000 and 100,000 euros. However, this price should decrease to 10,000 to 20,000 euros if more robots go on the road.