This is the REV-1 by Refraction AI, a delivery robot that picks up goods from restaurants, pharmacies, and grocery stores and delivers them directly to your home. It provides a “faster, cheaper, and safer delivery,” which is especially helpful for more at-risk populations, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions during the Coronavirus pandemic.
This super-efficient delivery robot is light-weight, can operate in any weather conditions, and requires minimal power. It meets e-bike regulations and can operate both in car and bike lanes. REV-1’s navigation is controlled by ultrasound waves. It’s equipped with 12 cameras to ensure pedestrian safety. Employees work remotely, but have the ability to control the bot should there be a malfunction.
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Refraction AI, which is based in Ann Arbor, Mich. was co-founded by Matthew Johnson-Roberson, associate professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, and Ram Vasudevan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Their deliveries reportedly reach about 500 customers.