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Topic Reading-Vol.2196-4/16/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Delivery robot puts pressure on deliverymen
I-M-WAY is a street centering on intelligent manufacturing in the Zhongguancun Science Park in Beijing. The core of the street is an agile manufacturing center that provides much-faster research and development opportunities for manufacturing businesses than conventional processes by 3D printers, material testing machines and various kinds of manufacturing and testing devices. It is a home to more than 360 enterprises and programs and provided services for over 5,000 businesses.
One of such manufacturing entrepreneurs has developed a delivery robot. The one-meter-tall yellow robot runs as long as 60-80 kilometers after a single battery charge. It can carry up to 30 kilograms at a maximum speed of 12 kilometers per hour. Just like auto-driving cars, the delivery robot uses laser radars to avoid road barriers automatically. To pick the delivered parcel, a QR code needs to be read by a smartphone, just like bike-sharing.
It seems that more unmanned, autonomous technologies are being developed in China where labor costs are rising faster than ever before.
Enjoy reading and think which machine delivery method you’d prefer, a drone, robot or human.

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