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YAPE

Low-contact delivery droid

YAPE

Low-contact delivery droid

YAPE

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The home delivery market is growing in the direction of consumer and peer-to-peer services. YAPE (Your Autonomous Pony Express) system has a huge array of potential applications: food delivery, retail, e-commerce, postal services, logistics operators and emerging home delivery businesses.

The product

YAPE is a self-driving droid for last-mile delivery. It is a revolutionary solution for delivery services, concerning food and small goods, that can be applied indoor as well as outdoor, providing low-contact services. YAPE can easily interact with the environment and it can stroll autonomously within private and smart spaces. Moreover, its reconfigurable glove compartment can fit with different delivery services, from parcel to food.

How does it work?

With its secure inner container and its 3D environment perception system, YAPE can make completely unmanned deliveries.

Next steps

YAPE aims to be the reference player in the field of deliveries. After the first tests in Italy and in Japan, YAPE has been improved with suspensions (that allow the robot to face bumpy roads) and with a bigger load capacity in order to manage home food delivery. YAPE won the pre-commercial 5G trial in Italy in partnership with Vodafone and has announced other commercial partnerships in Europe and in the USA with global leaders in food delivery, retail, e-commerce and travellers assistance in airports. YAPE is already being used in Japan for mail and parcel low-contact delivery. The droid is among the global innovations included in StartupBlink’s Coronavirus Prevention Map, as it implies low-contact interactions among users, with a crucial role in tackling the health crisis caused by the pandemic.