Italian company e-novia have created YAPE, an acronym of Your Autonomous Pony Express, which is a compact self-driving robot which moves on two wheels, powered by electric motors which have a range of around 80 kilometres. Thanks to its sensors and video cameras it is able to travel along pavements and cycle lanes to deliver packages of up to 70 kilograms in weight.
YAPE is simple to use thanks to an app connected to a control platform. To send packages via YAPE, users input the destination address in the app, or simply to whom the package is addressed, leaving the task of finding the correct address to YAPE's GPS system. On delivery, the recipient will only be able to open the package compartment using a facial recognition system.
YAPE's GPS system, video cameras and range-finding lasers allow it to avoid obstacles and YAPCE can wirelessly access sensors in the vicinity to monitor traffic flow.
YAPE's electric motors have a range of up to 80 km (50 miles) and travels at maximum speeds of 6 and 20 km/h (3.7 and 12.4 mph), respectively.