YAPE, the Self-Driving Delivery Robots Uses Facial Recognition Cameras to Deliver Goodies


Home delivery is now more accessible and quicker with the help of a two-wheeled self-driving robot, YAPE. The E-Novia YAPE delivers goodies around the cities while avoiding traffic and produces no emissions.

Based in Milan, Italy, E-Novia, YAPE maker is currently testing the robot that continues to be of interest to many start-ups around the world.

The self-driving robot runs at a speed of 3.7 mp/h (6 km/h) when using the pavement and at 12.4 mp/h (20 km/h) when using the bicycle lane, with a range of about 50 miles (80 km).


The robot is able to transport up to 254 pounds (70 kilograms) of the package. Fitted with cameras and sensors, YAPE can navigate in the city, changing lanes and using easily accessible roads. The robot also produces digital maps that communicate real-time incidences of potholes, accidents or traffic snarl-ups.  The sensors also enable the robot to recognize traffic lights and respond to the changing street conditions at the moment.

How Does YAPE Know That It’s Time to Deliver?

When the robot arrives at the recipient’s door, the recipient will simply show their face to YAPE’s facial recognition camera. Thereafter, the component containing the package unlocks.

“YAPE is simple to use, thanks to an app connected to a control platform,” E-Novia explained on its website. “To send a package via YAPE, all you have to do is input the destination address in the app, or simply to whom the package is addressed to, leaving the task of finding the correct address to its GPS system,” E-Novia added.

Posting and delivery of the parcel are both certified and secured by the sender and recipients when using the GPS app and the face recognition system fitted on the robot.

The E-Novia YAPE’s first phase road test in December 2017 was a success. The second phase is to take place in Las Vegas, USA, in 2018.