A startup company called TeleRetail, based in Switzerland – and with offices in Germany and the US – has launched a prototype delivery robot which is designed to cover long distances of up to 50 miles.

TeleRetail develops artificial intelligence and the ONE line of self driving robots to ‘automate local logistics, while minimising the ecological footprint of transportation’. Its autonomous personal mini ground-transporter is designed to carry out daily errands such as shopping, dry cleaning, repairs, alternations, recycling, and garbage removals.

Being conceived in Switzerland adds the advantage of considering how to service remote rural communities over long distances.

On its website the company says its rover will “Enable its users to access cost efficient local micro transportation at the ease of swiping an App.”

TeleRetail ONE features GPS navigation and vision systems plus a multitude of sensors from Bosch and Nvidia and SICK.

TeleRetal featured in the ‘Startup Showdown at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Xponential conference in Dallas, Texas. Its entry read: “Automating local logistics with self-driving on-demand couriers. Self-driving ‘trunks’ are ordered through smartphones to pick-up goods and to run errands. TeleRetail fulfils the rapidly growing need for cost and energy efficient, environmentally friendly urban and industrial transportation. Saving millions of users billions of hours.”

TeleRetail’s CEO is internationally recognised IT visionary and technology entrepreneur Torsten Scholl.

While TeleRetail ONE will surely deliver the same advantages as robots from Starship Technologies or Marble, being conceived in Switzerland adds the advantage of considering how to service remote rural communities over long distances.