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Save Mart announced that its flagship store in Modesto, California, has launched a new contactless delivery service that uses a robot to deliver up to 20 pounds of groceries to locations as far as two miles away from the store.

The robots, the announcement says, "provide a safe, low-cost and contactless delivery alternative for Save Mart shoppers."

The robots are designed by Starship Technologies, which describes the technology this way:

"Its robots have completed over 500,000 autonomous deliveries and crossed more than five million streets. The robots move at pedestrian speed and use a combination of sophisticated machine learning, artificial intelligence and sensors to travel on sidewalks and navigate around obstacles. The computer vision-based navigation helps the robots to map their environment to the nearest inch. The robots can cross streets, climb curbs, travel at night and operate in both rain and snow. A team of humans can also monitor their progress remotely and can take control at a moment’s notice."

Here is a promotional video provided by Starship Technologies and Save Mart:

KC's View:

I think this is fascinating, but will be really impressed when Save Mart expands this to more of the 200+ stores that it operates under various banners.