SF Express (顺丰控股, 002352.SZ), one of China’s logistics titans, recently deployed four delivery robots in an office building in Nanshan District of southern China’s Shenzhen — the first batch of robot couriers the company pressed into service to tackle the in-building delivery issue.
According to SF Express, the robots have a dimension of 0.49m (L) × 0.42m (W) × 0.98m (H), with a capacity of 70L, and can move at a maximum speed of 1.5m/s.
They come with sensing modules and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) components.
Users can control them through a cloud coordination and dispatch platform, completing tasks such as route planning and environment sensing.
The devices also can ride elevator by themselves and pass through turnstiles on the back of IoT technologies.
These robots came as China is battling a second surge in Covid-19 cases since the country waived the strict zero-infection policy early this year. This highlights the need for contactless and unmanned delivery.
SF Express said its robots can deliver up to 70 packages a day to designated desks or cubicles within an office building.
cnrobopedia reported early this year that SF Express deployed robotic couriers to a shopping mall in eastern China to optimize its last-mile delivery service.