Snapdeal conducts last-mile delivery services using Gurugram-based Ottonomy IO’s automatic robotic vehicles

Startups < Updated On: 17 September 2020 10:30 AM IST
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E-commerce marketplace Snapdeal, in partnership with autonomous mobility startup Ottonomy IO, has successfully conducted last-mile contactless delivery of products as a part of their experiment across select locations of Delhi-NCR.

Founded in 2019 by Ritukar Vijay, a Computer Science graduate, Ottonomy IO is a tech startup which builds autonomous robot fleets to make contactless deliveries for safe and enhanced user experience, saving millions of dollars for eCom, logistics, and retail industries.

The robots can run along sidewalks and local streets autonomously to deliver orders to nearby homes by using specialized AI algorithms to navigate crowded areas. Furthermore, the cameras help the robots to have a robust understanding of the external world.

“Contactless delivery is a need of the hour to ensure shopper safety and enhanced experience. Automating the last-mile delivery process and clubbing it with contactless interaction helps address the safety concerns of both shoppers and delivery professionals. With an extensive experience of the team Ottonomy IO around robotics and autonomous vehicles, we’re confident that this technology will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of e-commerce deliveries. And following the success of the experiment, we look forward to scaling it globally,” Co-founder, Ottonomy IO, Ritukar Vijay told the media.

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, contactless delivery has been the new normal as the consumers’ safety and health concerns keep in check and the company’s contactless robot delivery initiative addresses the same.

Meanwhile, Snapdeal is also aiming to expand its footprints in upcoming festive season. It has launched eight new logistics centres to its network across manufacturing hubs, including Mathura, Noida and Mumbai.

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