Tele2, one of Sweden’s leading mobile network operators, became the first company in Sweden’s Stockholm area to launch a 5G network in 2020, and it has announced that a new 5G robot pilot scheme will be available via that network, which it hopes will make automated deliveries commonplace across Sweden.
“It is exciting that we, together with the innovator Foodora, can carry out this test and get the opportunity to show the concrete benefits for both consumers and companies with 5G and IoT, such as stability, fast response rate, and higher speeds,” said Stefan Trampus, executive vice president at Tele2. “With Doora, we really show what we can do with 5G, both now and in the future.”
Doora the 5G explorer
The pilot, launched in conjunction with online meal delivery service, Foodora, will use delivery droids, affectionately referred to as Doora, to carry out home deliveries in Stockholm.
The Q-commerce droid Doora will be tested around Stureplan over the next week, and will be used to transport both food and other products, weighing up to 20 kg. And it is hoped that Doora, with a top speed of 6km/h, and an eight-hour battery life, will be seen in cities across Sweden following the trial.
“Foodora is a pioneer in many areas and we are a fast-moving tech company that wants to lead the change forward,” said John Denbratt, chief logistics manager at Foodora Sweden. “It feels exciting to work with the forward-looking company Tele2 to create an innovative solution for third-generation digital commerce. Foodora’s vision is that several hundred Dooras will roll in Sweden in the near future.”
Doora has a camera that sends information via 5G in real time to Foodora, which can track and trace the robot, while quickly sending data to and from Doora, which the company hopes will provide a seamless experience for customers when using the service, but also enable them to keep on top of issues such as tampering and theft.