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Small robot courier truck stuck after snowfall in Estonia: View

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Traffic jams usually occur on roads meant for motor vehicles. It is unusual for pedestrians to be jammed by automatic cars, simply because they are not meant to take the route. But that is exactly what happened in Estonia. Due to heavy snowfall, several automatic vehicles got stuck randomly on the pedestrian sidewalk. The only difference here is that these vehicles are not big cars or huge trucks. These are small robotic courier trucks that are finding it extremely difficult to overcome the weight of the snow covering the pavement. The scene is amusing.

In 2017, the Estonian parliament adopted legislation to allow delivery robots on its pedestrian sidewalks. Everything was good until heavy snowfall threw the idea out the window. Now, these trucks are parked on the sidewalk in the Estonian capital Tallinn. A Twitter user shared a video showing how the innovation failed spectacularly.

The video shows seven of these small robot trucks getting stuck on the pavement. Some of them tried to get out of the snow but they could not walk. The 21-second clip has already garnered nearly 200,000 views and several comments.

One Twitter user wondered how the developers of these trucks didn’t expect snow.

After that there was a bit of annoyance.

These robots move at a speed of 6 km per hour and are equipped with sensors, cameras or other means to gain information about their surroundings. The idea behind using these robotic couriers is to reduce the last-mile delivery cost. But, apparently, the planners did not take into account the heavy snowfall in Estonia.


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