Deutsche Post begins testing PostBOT robotic mailman.
Deutsche Post has selected the German town of Bad Hersfeld as its test site for a robot to accompany mail deliverers on their routes and carry their mail items.
Residents of two delivery districts in Bad Hersfeld can immediately expect to start seeing the self-propelled electric “PostBOT” accompanying the mail carrier.
The robot can carry up to six post trays, up to 150 kilograms in total, relieving carriers of their heavy loads. It also frees up the deliverers’ hands, making it easier for them to distribute the mail. Deutsche Post will be watching the pilot project carefully to see how well the robot supports staff with their physically demanding work.
Innovative robot application
Jürgen Gerdes, CEO of the Post – eCommerce – Parcel division at Deutsche Post DHL Group, explains:
“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. This current test is expected to deliver important insights into how we can further develop the delivery process for our employees.”
The “PostBOT” was custom-built, based on a robot from the French company “Effidence S.A.S”