Another year, another robot buddy. From the same robotics company that brought COVID-compliance buggies to Singapore’s parks comes an autonomous robot in charge of deliveries.
Known as Camello, the self-driving bot invented by robotics company Otsaw has been delivering food and parcels to homes at the Oasis Terraces in Punggol since Thursday. More than 700 households have signed up for a year-long trial.
“Due to the development of many malls and housing estates in Singapore, there is a big gap in the demand of deliveries in housing estates and shortage of supply from retailers,” the company said on its website.
Using a phone app, the bot can be scheduled to fetch groceries from supermarkets, food orders from nearby eateries or collect packages for delivery. The robot will leave the parcels at designated collection points where customers can retrieve them by scanning a QR code or keying in a PIN.
The robot consists of two waterproof compartments that can carry up to 20 kilograms or 100 liters of water. It is equipped with a UV disinfection system for use after each trip and sensors that allow it to avoid obstacles up to a meter away.
The robots have been programmed to make up to five deliveries each day on weekdays and half of Saturdays.
Otsaw was founded by tech entrepreneur Ling Ting Ming in Singapore and Silicon Valley in 2015.
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