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DHL to test new mail delivery robot in German town Bad Hersfeld

LBR Staff Writer Published 05 October 2017

Deutsche Post DHL Group is set to test the new robot for mail deliveries at the German town of Bad Hersfeld.

The self-propelled electric PostBOT robot will accompany mail deliverers on their routes and carry their mail items.

The robots, which will be tested at two delivery districts in Bad Hersfeld, can carry up to six post trays.

PostBOT has been developed based on a robot from the French firm Effidence S.A.S. It was designed to meet the specific needs for transporting letters and packages.

The robot holds capacity to carry loads of up to 150kg. It includes sensors that can track the legs of the mail carrier, helping to automatically follow them across the entire route.

PostBOT can work in all weather conditions, and will navigate around obstacles or stop when required.

The control elements were placed on both sides of the unit to advance good ergonomics for the back and joints.

According to DHL, the test will initially run for about six weeks followed by a period of assessment.

Deutsche Post DHL Group post, eCommerce, parcel division CEO Jürgen Gerdes said: "Day in and day out, our delivery staff performs outstanding but exhausting work. We're constantly working on new solutions to allow our employees to handle this physically challenging work even as they continue to age.

“We are already using a variety of tools in this regard, including e-Bikes and e-Trikes for postal deliveries, and are now also looking at innovative robot applications.”

Image: The PostBOT can carry loads of up to 150kg. Photo: courtesy of Deutsche Post AG.