ZMP's box-shaped CarriRo Delivery robot Photo: ZMP Inc

Tokyo company to start testing delivery service robot


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Half the time I order a pizza it's because I'm too lazy to change out of my pyjamas and go outside. If I have to go downstairs to collect my pizza from this robot, I might as well just walk another few minutes to the supermarket. Or is this robot going to be able to climb steps, ring my intercom to be buzzed in, and ride up the elevator? At 6kph am I going to have to order 2 hours in advance?

Customers won't accept this unless the price of food drops to compensate them for their newly required effort. In Western countries I can see the appeal if you no longer have to tip, but here in Japan that's not an issue.

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Given the sidewalk conditions in most areas of Japan, I can't see this working here.

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I'm sure they'll install cameras to prevent theft.

And then the government and the police will see what a great idea a roving, remote-control camera can be.

And then they'll be everywhere.

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I normally pay COD for deliveries, will that still wrk?

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If it runs into me does it say sorry?

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people could tip it over or rob it, I do not see this idea working. Even drones, on a windy day all service cancelled? not practical

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Why did I come into this thinking I was looking at a pencil sharpener on wheels?

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I would think they are designed to resist being broken into and robbed. Do wonder if the code to open it allows access to only one's own package or also to packages in the cargo hold that are destined to other addresses? If all, one could easily take other packages. But as there would be a record of all addresses and who was given an access code, I suppose it would be easy enough to track down any such culprits. As it is now people can steal things out of the trucks or carts that are used while the driver is at someone's door, etc.

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6km/h? Skynet want to starve us to death. /sarcasm

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It is kind of cute and I suppose it's designed to stop if it senses something in its path. But I still can't see this ending up well. If I had no prior knowledge of these and suddenly saw one toddling down a sidewalk in my direction I would probably panic and not know whether to stay my path, move to the side, or what. I can just picture myself suddenly stepping into the path of a bicycle while trying to avoid this thing.

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Without looking at the wheels, it looks like a toaster.

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Starship Technologies have had their bot running around in parts of London for a year or more now.

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What if it causes an accident traffic or otherwise, I could see a old granny not seeing this slow moving box and running right into it. This has not been thought out.

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Wall-E is getting closer.

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I can just imagine the Takubin guys having a bit of fun with these robots...

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people could ... rob it

I don't worry about that in Japan.

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what if it tips over? can it pick itself back up? are they going to be on the side of the road like bicyclists narrowly avoiding being swiped by cars? This is not going to work

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