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 morning in the Estonian capital began with a traffic jam… Robot Couriers! Due to snowfall, they stopped and could not move. Innovation doesn’t work in winter… pic.twitter.com/z6KHaWRGSK
— Deluge (@cookiecat7) 2 December 2021
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.
well well Well.
All those brilliant engineers and machine learning developers didn’t expect to snow from this exciting billion dollar startup
— puszysci_na_kwarantanne (@fluffy4qrntine) 2 December 2021
After that there was a bit of annoyance.
All they need is shovels and with a little extra programming they can get city funding to clear the streets.
— sisiphos (@sisiphos1989) 2 December 2021
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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