Automated grocery delivery service launched

Japanese firms have launched what could be the future of supermarket shopping. They are trialing a delivery service that uses a small self-driving vehicle to carry groceries home.

The project in Yokosuka City south of Tokyo is a collaboration between IT giant Rakuten and supermarket chain operator Seiyu.

The vehicle delivers products that consumers have purchased online or in-store.

Cameras and sensors are equipped to help it avoid people and obstacles.

Once it arrives, customers can use an emailed passcode to open the storage section and collect their goods.
The trial service runs only for a month, but Rakuten is considering expanding it in the future.