Will a robot be able to carry your groceries soon? Franprix thinks of it seriously. The supermarket signage tests an autonomous droid, responsible for tracking a customer on the shelves and then carrying the shopping to your home, as explained by Business Insider. The Casino Group brand has already unveiled two models during a life-size test organized in one of its Paris stores, located in the 13th arrondissement. The machine, developed by the start-up TwinswHeel, can contain several dozen pounds of racing. Equipped with visual recognition sensors, he is able to track the customer on the shelves, so that he can store his purchases as and when.
Proposed to the elderly and disabled, the robot can accompany customers within a radius of one kilometer around the store. With two big wheels, it can run at speeds of 25 kilometers per hour on the road and 6 kilometers per hour on the sidewalk. As for a delivery, the service will be free.
The droid may also be required to make home deliveries independently. Other missions, such as bringing back expired products or recyclable packaging, could be entrusted to him. The experimentation phase will last one year. This type of droid is already used by Renault and the SNCF in the transport of heavy loads.