Nearly all Simbe’s installations run during normal store hours with customers in the vicinity, says Brad Bogolea, CEO and co-founder. The robots have logged more than 10,000 miles in stores, with the average robot traveling up to one mile with up to three or more trips through the store per day. Yet, having a fully autonomous robot in the front of the store is a different environment due to safety considerations, Bogolea says. Tally has lights and sounds to alert customers of its presence, moves slowly and is programmed to avoid movement near customers.
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