An `intelligent’ robot that could be cleaning your home in the next few years is now operating in Dutch supermarkets.
Developed jointly by electronics giant Siemens and Dutch cleaning firm RTB, the robot could be used for mail distribution and inspection duties.
The robot has a built-in map and uses a laser scanner to identify landmarks. If it encounters unidentified obstacles it can manoeuvre around them, and even politely ask customers to move out of the way.
It can also be programmed to approach customers with advertising, playing music or delivering sales messages.
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