Yamato, DeNA start on-demand delivery trial

The Yomiuri Shimbun

A woman takes out an item from a car used for the Roboneko on-demand delivery service on Sunday in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) —Yamato Transport Co. and e-commerce and mobile game operator DeNA Co. on Monday started a trial of a new service that allows customers to receive parcels at a place and time designated by them.

Assuming a society where autonomous driving is common, the two companies aim to utilize results obtained from the experiment to realize unmanned parcel delivery services in the future.

DeNA will offer system-related cooperation to Yamato Transport.

The on-demand delivery service, dubbed Roboneko (robot cat) Yamato, will be provided in part of the city of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, designated as a national strategic special zone, until the end of March 2018.

Three dedicated vehicles with delivery boxes will be operated between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. every day.

Users of the service will designate the place and time they want parcels to be delivered through smartphones. Parcels will be removed from the boxes by customers themselves, not by the drivers of the vehicles.

Next year, a self-driving vehicle will be introduced for part of the delivery routes.Speech

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