Visitors to Umikaze Park
will be able to place orders using a dedicated smartphone
app, selecting from a range of approximately 400 products
carried by the Seiyu Livin Yokosuka Store, including fresh
produce, other food, beverages, and first aid products. The
Rakuten UGV will then deliver the products to the user’s
chosen location in the park at the time specified*2.
Like the drone delivery service successfully offered to visitors to Sarushima island in Tokyo Bay, the UGV delivery service is part of Yokosuka City’s “Yokosuka x Smart Mobility Challenge” program, which aims to utilize smart mobility to create new business opportunities and address social issues*3.
Ahead of the full adoption of UGVs, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is planning to set up public and private sector councils and establish standards for carrying out trials on public roads in FY2019*4. By offering users the opportunity to experience the convenience of UGVs, and by building its own real-world expertise in the operation of UGV-based delivery services, Rakuten aims to promote the adoption of UGV delivery services across a variety of locations, including public roads.
Through innovation in drone and UGV delivery services and in the jointly-operated Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper online grocery delivery service, Rakuten and Seiyu aim to offer new accessible services and improve the shopping experience, in order to contribute to improving convenience and further enriching customer lifestyles.
*1 The service launch date may change depending on weather and other conditions.
*2 There are multiple drop off locations in the park.
*3 Reference: About the “Yokosuka x Smart Mobility Challenge”
*4 Reference: METI “Towards the adoption of UGVs in society”
About the Yokosuka City Umikaze Park UGV delivery service