Kar-go Robot Delivery Service
UK's first robot delivery vehicle delivers medical suppliers to Hounslow in London.
10:46 12 November 2020
Kar-go, Britain's first robot delivery vehicle, has successfully completed its first delivery of medical supplies to Hounslow in London. The vehicle, which is designed to carry small goods, is equipped with a unique vision system and has an electric range of 60 miles.
Kar-go was built by the Academy of Robotics to provide contact-free deliveries of goods. It uses artificial intelligence and does not require a human occupant on board. However, it can only carry shoe box-size parcel because it is no bigger than a conventional hatchback car.
William Sachiti, founder of Academy of Robotics, said: 'Kar-go's first deliveries represent a key milestone for the wider automotive industry.
'We have been working closely with Department for Transport's Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, British Standards Institution, Transport for London and our partners at Eurovia UK to ensure that safety is at the heart of everything we do and we are grateful for the support we have received.
'What makes Kar-go magical for me is that we applied artificial intelligence and robotics in a useful and good way.
'The technology is there when it is needed and out of the way when it isn't.
'As complex as Kar-go is, its function is very simple. To me that is good and that is an AI assisted future I would want to live in.'