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Delivery robot trials set to start in Tokyo next month

Yamato and Japan Post will test the technology first in bid to contain COVID

It is hoped the robots will help contain the spread of the coronavirus while alleviating the shortage of delivery drivers.

TOKYO -- Yamato Holdings and Japan Post will begin testing delivery robots on streets in Tokyo next month in a move aimed at promoting unmanned delivery technology, which has already taken off in the U.S. and China.

A delivery system that does not involve face-to-face contact has been called for to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections. Autonomous delivery technology is also expected to help logistics companies deal with worker shortages, which are intensifying amid a surge in online shopping.

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