Germany’s Deutsche Post is testing robots that could help postal workers cope with increasing numbers of parcels on their delivery rounds, a company manager said on Thursday.
“Robots could be used in deliveries in three to five years’ time,” Clemens Beckmann, head of innovation at the group’s parcel and letter division, said in an interview with Reuters. “The technology is there.
“The robots, which look like a table on wheels on which goods can be placed, would follow delivery workers, helping them to transport and carry heavy parcels. If the postie stops walking, the robot stops too, and it only starts again when they move on.