Simulated deliveries occurred in a neighborhood near Berkner High School. The vehicle, Roxo, was developed by Deka for FedEx. Deka, headquartered in New Hampshire, is made up of engineers, manufacturers and other professionals who create technological innovations and solutions, according to the company’s website.
Roxo is 5.5 feet tall and 450 pounds with the ability to hold around 100 pounds, according to the city newsletter.
With the help of sensors, Roxo detects motion and objects up to 150 feet away. The sensors allow for travel on roads and sidewalks, according to the city newsletter.
There are plans for further testing for Roxo to deliver more items, such as auto parts, pizza, home improvement items, general merchandise and groceries, according to the FedEx website.
In order to make sure testing was safe and coordinated, FedEx teamed up with Richardson police and fire departments, city engineers and the homeowners association for Marlborough Square, the neighborhood where the robots were tested.
Roxo will be adjusted based on the results from the test, and another test will happen in Richardson later this year, according to the city newsletter.