Calgary-based autonomous robotic delivery company ready for funding
CALGARY – Dianomix, a Calgary-based technology company developing an autonomous “last mile” delivery robot, has just opened its first round of external funding.
Joined by Night Rain Ventures, a Calgary-based venture capital firm, the group hopes to gain more attention from investors in Calgary and Silicon Valley.
As previously reported by CTV News in October 2020, Dianomix had been testing its prototype – the first of its kind to be approved for testing on public roads by the Alberta Department of Transportation and the City of Calgary.
The Dianomix robot is equipped with cameras, sensors and advanced technology to avoid collisions. It moves at the same pace as a person walking at around three miles an hour and the technology ensures that the robot will always give way.
Currently, it can carry up to 10 bags of groceries on each trip, but with a width of just under a meter, it still shares the sidewalk with pedestrians, bicycles, wheelchairs and pets. .
According to co-founders Ali Asghari and Marius Ulsamer, the Dianomix delivery robot prototype has gathered a huge amount of data.
It’s no secret that the demand for delivered products has exploded over the past year and Ulsamer believes the demand will only increase from here.
“Last mile delivery was a growing trend even before the pandemic, it just increased demand fivefold.”
He believes that once stand-alone delivery becomes mainstream, it will lower the cost to consumers, making it even more attractive.
“Not only the end customers, but also the retailers, some of whom suffer a loss on delivery costs – they are therefore losing money.”
Autonomous delivery services are central to the concerns of large organizations such as Google and Amazon, which have been working on alternative delivery solutions, moving away from traditional trucking and driver operations.
Asghari claims that delivery solutions like Dianomix not only make home delivery more cost effective, but can also be seen as a more environmentally friendly solution.
“A robot like this can replace what would be three to five individual trips made by customers in their own cars to and from the store,” he said.
Dianomix has already started working with local retailers to run additional pilot programs in the spring and summer of 2022.
Lina’s Italian Market, a high-end supermarket with multiple locations in the city, and Dizin Inc., a local online supermarket with door-to-door delivery service, are both expected to test.
To learn more, visit the official website.