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Tesco makes first robot delivery in London

RBR Staff Writer Published 02 June 2017

British supermarket chain Tesco has completed its first robot delivery in London as part of a UK trial.

The trial was carried out by a six-wheeled buggy in central London to deliver a food order, reported Daily Mail Online.

Tesco now has plans to launch robot delivery service on a bigger scale having struck a deal with Starship Technologies, a UK-based manufacturer of self-driving robotic delivery vehicles.

It has been reported that the Tesco delivery robots will undertake orders within a three-mile radius of the respective stores.

Customers can keep a tab on the delivery progress of the driverless six-wheeled buggies on their smartphones through a Tesco app which is being trialed.

In April, Tesco launched a beta version of its Tesco Now app for its customers living in central London. The app offers 60-minute home delivery on grocery orders having a maximum of 20 products.

The Grocer has reported that Tesco impressed by the initial trial, would launch a bigger pilot for robotic home deliveries in London, later in the year. The Tesco Now app is likely to be used for tracking the pilot home delivery project.

A Tesco spokesman has been quoted by the publication as saying, “We are always looking at new ways to improve the shopping experience for our customers.

“We carried out a one-off trial as part of our Tesco Now initiative in partnership with a technology company.

“We learnt a great deal from this trial and we'll be reviewing feedback before deciding our next steps.”

Image: A driverless six-wheeled buggy from Starship in the streets of London. Photo: courtesy of Starship Technologies.