ROBOTS tasked with delivering groceries to shoppers’ homes are thwarted – by pedestrian crossings.
The self-driving six-wheeled vehicles are being piloted by the co-op, but will have to ask people for help to press the button to trigger the green man at intersections.
They even reversed back across the street when the pedestrian light suddenly turned red.
At least five of them have also been seen queuing at intersections, while the one at the front is hesitating about whether it’s safe to cross.
The 36 kg robots can recognize pedestrians, dogs and cars and are programmed to wait at red lights.
They use 3D cameras to find their way but cannot press the button to trigger an intersection.
Shoppers in Cambridge can order via an app before store staff pack in up to 10kg of groceries and send them on their 4-mile journey.
The pilot project, which started in May, is to be extended to Leeds.
Robot maker Starship Technologies said: “In the rare instances where help is needed, they can be monitored remotely.”
Shoppers can use the bots by ordering from home via an app before store staff pack up to 10kg of groceries inside.
The bots will automatically deliver food and drinks before returning to the store for another delivery.
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The pilot, which began in May, is set to expand to areas in Leeds next year ahead of a possible national rollout.
Co-op manager Chris Conway said the use of the robots shows the store is “exploring new and innovative ways” to let customers shop from home.
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