November 16, 2022

Ottobot, which develops autonomous mobile robots used in last-mile delivery tasks, has announced a collaboration with Norway’s Posten Norge AS and Holo to trial first-mile delivery with its Ottobots.

The partnership looks to see whether autonomous can improve intra-logistics, especially in city centers. Posten Norge will leverage Ottobots for first-mile pick-ups, receiving and delivering goods for the digital marketplace AMOI from the busy Aker Brygge metropolitan area in Oslo.

First-mile delivery involves moving products from a manufacturer or retailer’s warehouse to a central holding center, Ottonomy said. From this location, products are picked up by carriers, shipping companies or other logistics partners to bring it to the next leg of the destination.

“Autonomous robots have previously been tested by other companies with the focus entirely on final delivery to the customer,” said Sven Richard Tønnessen of Posten’s department of emerging technology. “We want to evaluate how robots can become part of Posten’s future logistics solutions. This project, which utilizes both humans and robots, offers many new opportunities for increasing efficiency and productivity for our organization. We will continue to utilize our existing pool of human couriers for delivering goods to the customers – while the robot takes care of the intra-logistics part of the supply chain.”

“The logistics with delivery vans at Aker Brygge is extremely demanding in terms of parking and time,” said Kenneth Tjønndal Pettersen of Posten Norge. “Together with our partners, we want to test the various applications for autonomous technology, which can enable simpler logistics and reduced noise in the cityscape.”

For more details on Ottonomy, visit its website here.