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Four decades after R2-D2 delivered a vital message from Princess Leia in the hit movie "Star Wars," a French supermarket group plans to use robots inspired by the drum-shaped droid to transport food to customers in Paris.Stepping up the race for automated deliveries with online retailers such as Amazon, Casino's Franprix chain will test the delivery robots on the streets of Paris's 13th arrondissement for a year.In the initial trial, Franprix will use the robot in store to carry purchases for customers – mainly people with reduced mobility or the elderly – and take the goods to their homes.Using a "Follow Me" button on the machine, the robot is paired with customers through visual recognition, so it can follow them in store and on the street.Larger robots could also be used by store staff to re-stock shelves.
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