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(The Mainichi (Japan))   Autonomous self-driving mail robot cutely trundles down Tokyo street delivering packages, scanning address labels for "Sarah Connor"   (mainichi.jp) divider line
    More: Strange, Government of Japan, Tokyo, Road, mail delivery robot, Robotics, Minato, Tokyo, middle of a series of test runs, Postal system  
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2020-10-07 8:27:00 PM  
Wonder how it finds destinations. Half of Tokyo doesn't even have street signs, let alone numbers on buildings
 
2020-10-07 8:43:21 PM  
Yes yes, it's adorable but answer my question, sir. Can I fark it?
 
2020-10-07 11:07:04 PM  

mjjt: Wonder how it finds destinations. Half of Tokyo doesn't even have street signs, let alone numbers on buildings


This may come as a shock but we have computer thingys that orbit the planet that can tell us where we are on the surface of the planet. It's pretty wild.
 
2020-10-08 1:34:54 AM  

Barfmaker: mjjt: Wonder how it finds destinations. Half of Tokyo doesn't even have street signs, let alone numbers on buildings

This may come as a shock but we have computer thingys that orbit the planet that can tell us where we are on the surface of the planet. It's pretty wild.


Thank you Capt Obvious. However, we are talking about mail. You know, letters. How many of them have you seen with a GPS co-ordinate as an address>
 
2020-10-08 4:53:50 AM  

mjjt: Barfmaker: mjjt: Wonder how it finds destinations. Half of Tokyo doesn't even have street signs, let alone numbers on buildings

This may come as a shock but we have computer thingys that orbit the planet that can tell us where we are on the surface of the planet. It's pretty wild.

Thank you Capt Obvious. However, we are talking about mail. You know, letters. How many of them have you seen with a GPS co-ordinate as an address>


FTA:
The robot is in the middle of a series of test runs that began on Sept. 18 and runs through late October that sees it travel 700 meters from a convenience store in a hospital to a local post office in about 25 minutes.

It doesn't go from the Post Office to the end users, the robot runs a collection box to the post office. It only needs to know two locations.
 
2020-10-08 7:21:07 AM  
"Come quietly, or there will be......trouble."

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2020-10-08 8:39:27 AM  

mjjt: Barfmaker: mjjt: Wonder how it finds destinations. Half of Tokyo doesn't even have street signs, let alone numbers on buildings

This may come as a shock but we have computer thingys that orbit the planet that can tell us where we are on the surface of the planet. It's pretty wild.

Thank you Capt Obvious. However, we are talking about mail. You know, letters. How many of them have you seen with a GPS co-ordinate as an address>


Translating back and forth between street address and GPS coords is a core piece of all mapping services, there's even a word for it.

However I'm having you on a bit, yes there are many places in the world where people don't live at easy addresses like 50 Chestnut Lane. In Nicaragua the addresses are "From this monument/church go two blocks east and one block south and half a block east" and that sort of thing doesn't translate easily to GPS coords.
 
2020-10-08 10:16:47 AM  
Sarah Connor? More like Sarah Jessica Parker.
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2020-10-08 10:46:14 AM  

Barfmaker: mjjt: Wonder how it finds destinations. Half of Tokyo doesn't even have street signs, let alone numbers on buildings

This may come as a shock but we have computer thingys that orbit the planet that can tell us where we are on the surface of the planet. It's pretty wild.


Yeah, if you trust the machines.....

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