Elon Musk has confirmed the arrival of his first delivery robot to Australia, after it landed on the continent last week.
The delivery robot, called Dragonfly, was built by the California-based startup Robotics Institute, with support from the Australian Space Agency.
The Dragonfly will deliver groceries, groceries and a package to a customer’s doorstep.
Musk said the robot would be ready for delivery by the end of March, and was the first of many deliveries planned for the region, and a major new export opportunity.
“We’re starting to see the demand for robots growing, and this is a very promising opportunity for the area,” he told a news conference last week in Sydney.
Musk, who has been a supporter of robots for years, said he was excited about the potential of the region to deliver goods, including a robot that would deliver groceries.
“I think we’re going to see an exponential increase in robot delivery in the future,” he said.
Musk’s team is working with Australia Post to build the robot, which Musk said would not have to be transported by plane.
“If the robot’s driver can drive it, then it can go anywhere,” he added.
Dragonfly is a fully autonomous vehicle that can drive itself autonomously for 30 minutes.
It weighs about 15 kilograms and can carry a small package or a package for a child.
The company’s website has details of the robot and explains it is designed to be “designed to be a family member for you.”
The delivery robots could potentially become more useful for delivering groceries.
Earlier this year, Amazon launched its Amazon Prime Now service, which lets customers pay with credit card or bank card for a subscription of items at Amazon.
The service costs $9.99 a month, but can be cancelled at any time.
Musk has said he would like to see robots used for deliveries to the US, and suggested that he may be willing to buy a fleet of Amazon cars if it makes sense.
“It’s a huge business, so I’m interested to see how it evolves,” he noted in an interview with the Financial Times in March.
“That would make a lot of sense, if it can be done in a way that’s not going to be destructive to the economy.”
Musk has also said that Amazon would sell its own cars to the public, as part of its plan to create a mass-market autonomous vehicle.
“This would be a very interesting time to invest in robotics, because it’s already here, and I think it’s going to grow,” he has said.
“There’s nothing like this happening in the world right now.”