Spanish retailer DIA has unveiled a fleet of autonomous robots for home deliveries in the municipality of Alcobendas, close to Madrid.
The retailer has teamed up with autonomous mobility company Goggo Network on the initiative.
The initiative marks ‘another step’ in the evolution of DIA’s e-commerce business, which is already available in 1,400 cities in Spain and has 33 million users, the company added.
“At Grupo DIA, we are firmly committed to technology as a lever to fulfil our purpose of being closer to our customers every day, wherever and whenever they need us," commented Pedro Gallego, director of e-commerce operations at DIA Spain.
“The growth of our e-commerce in recent years is a good example of the importance it has for our business. Now, thanks to this collaboration with Goggo Network, we have become the first retailer in Spain to bet on autonomous robots, exploring new possibilities for home delivery while supporting innovation and promoting more sustainable mobility.”
The launch of the service follows the completion of a pilot phase that began in July of this year in Madrid.
The robots are equipped with the latest technology, including external sensors (cameras, radars, ultrasound sensors) and internal ones, which allow them to locate and recognise the environment in real time with total precision, guaranteeing maximum security, DIA noted.
Yasmine Fage, co-founder and COO of Goggo Network, said, “The cities of the future must have the most cutting-edge solutions, such as these autonomous delivery robots, which allow cities to be more sustainable, organised and inclusive, and which also promote the local economy of businesses that are committed to this distribution.
“We are very happy to see how Alcobendas embraces innovation and becomes a pioneer city in the world of logistics and autonomous mobility in Spain.”