Add another one to the list of companies piloting small wheeled autonomous robots for small package and food delivery: Yandex. Russia’s search and services giant has expanded its ambitions in the world of autonomous transportation, building on its work with self-driving cars to deploy a six-wheeled robot that adopts the popular cooler on wheels style pioneered by Starship Robotics.

The small autonomous robot, appropriately dubbed ‘Rover,’ has a suite of sensors, including that prominent lidar array on top, and it moves at “average walking speed” according to the company. It includes software that can help it avoid people walking in its path, pets, and just about any other objects that might block the sidewalk while it’s in motion on its way to its destination.


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