Nokia tests LMAD autonomous delivery robot

Tech firm Nokia is using an autonomous delivery robot (ADR) on its Paris-Sarclay campus that has more than 4,000 staff.

The ADR has been developed by the Last Mile Autonomous Delivery (LMAD) project that has been funded by the EU backed EIT-Digital research funders. LMAD is piloting a software platform to test a number of ADRs.

LMAD lead Jean-Philippe Bellaiche said: “Campus facility manager Sodexo, together with Nokia, have decided not to deliver parcels below 5kg to the personnel on the campus any more. This means any person working in this huge campus has to go to the central warehouse to get a parcel they ordered, which is not very convenient. ADRs could give great help in improving the service.

“We will operate an extensive pilot on the campus during the first quarter of next year. Our goal is to operate the delivery of all small parcels across the campus but, to achieve this, we will have to overcome some serious roadblocks about technology, authorisations and customer acceptance,” he added.

LMAD is a consortium of companies including Bestmile, GIM Robotics, BookIT, PICOM, Forum Virium Helsinki and Futurice that plans to develop similar pilots on other campuses in closed conditions “in which the ADRs can move smoothly, without meeting too many constraints; later, they will be extended to more challenging environments, such as city centres”.

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