Printing and postal services provider PostNet has launched an autonomous robot delivery service at its Northlake location in Texas.
Autonomous robot carriers (ARCs) have been tested during the past few weeks, with locals living within the radius of a few miles from the Northlake store receiving parcels via robot delivery.
Estonian robot delivery company Clevon schedules the delivery times and transports the packages, operating the service from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.
The two companies hope to scale the ARC delivery service with PostNet Northlake to include new uses for the technology, such as food and grocery deliveries.
Gary Good, multi-unit PostNet owner, said: “We are excited to offer this convenience to the PostNet Northlake community.
“With the ARC, our customers who appreciate the secure, centralised receipt of mail and packages for their families and/or businesses can watch the ARC deliver straight to their doors.
“Moreover, customers who run home-based businesses can streamline their busy days by having the ARC securely retrieve their packages and bring them safely to PostNet Northlake.”
The project has seen collaborations between local commercial partners, including Lamar National Bank, which has provided the delivery bots with a place to recharge overnight.
The robots have been approved for use on public roads in Europe for more than three years and are designed to offer an energy-efficient and more sustainable alternative to traditional delivery vehicles.