US ‘smart city’ Peachtree Corners, which is powered by connected infrastructure and 5G, has launched what it calls the ‘world’s first’ below-ground autonomous robot delivery system.
The project has been launched with Pipedream, with the two companies hoping to build an underground logistics network, with the hopes of eliminating emissions and congestion issues.
The system’s installation in Peachtree Corners spans almost one mile and connects a busy shopping centre to the heart of Curiosity Lab’s 25,000ft2 smart city innovation centre.
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Curiosity Lab members will be able to order food from select local restaurants and select convenience items on-demand, Monday through Friday during lunch hours.
The logistics network sees delivery robots move through a physical, underground infrastructure carrying food, packages, groceries, household goods and more.
Some of the benefits of the autonomous robotics system that the pair have highlighted include reduced carbon emissions, the reduction of traffic congestion and noise pollution, the minimisation of vehicular accidents and cheaper, faster delivery of goods.
“By bringing the delivery system underground and directly to the customer, Pipedream is showcasing the future of logistics technology that will not only bring added convenience to our residents and businesses but also reduce traffic, noise and emissions from delivery vehicles on our roads,” said Brandon Branham, assistant city manager and CTO, Peachtree Corners.
“We are proud to be the first city in the world to implement and utilise Pipedream’s technology – leveraging its potential to transform logistics as we know it while delivering real commercial benefits and quality of life improvements in our community.
“The autonomous robot delivery system in Peachtree Corners is a continuation of what we’ve been able to achieve as an integrated smart city, utilising smart infrastructure and the more innovative new technology to create a more sustainable, efficient and equitable community for all.”
The city plans to continue embracing public-private partnerships to enable companies such as Pipedream to integrate new solutions into the city.