The REV1 by Refraction AI, is a delivery robot that picks up goods from restaurants, pharmacies, and grocery stores and delivers them directly to your home. It provides a “faster, cheaper, and safer delivery,” which is especially helpful for more at-risk populations, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions during the Coronavirus pandemic.
This super-efficient delivery robot is light-weight, can operate in any weather conditions, and requires minimal power. Overseas it meets e-bike regulations and can operate both in car and bike lanes, but it would also be good for deliveries within retirement villages.
REV-1’s navigation is controlled by ultrasound waves. It’s equipped with 12 cameras to ensure pedestrian safety. Employees work remotely, but have the ability to control the bot should there be a malfunction. Refraction AI, which is based in Ann Arbor, Mich. was co-founded by Matthew Johnson-Roberson, associate professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, and Ram Vasudevan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Their deliveries reportedly reach about 500 customers.