may we introduce you to adero

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The project


“We strive to set the standard in autonomous indoor delivery.”
adero is a robot to autonomously deliver a broad range of goods in indoor environments combining state of the art technology with a simple yet appealing design.

first mission

Our title sponsor Jelmoli, Switzerland’s leading premium department store, puts our robot into service in 2020 at Zurich Airport. There, it delivers goods ordered in the online store to predefined pick-up points all across the airport providing a unique customer experience.


The final prototype will be revealed at the focus project roll-out event at ETH Zurich, scheduled for May 28th 2019.
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adero's innovative features


adero is developed to follow pleasant and simple shapes which leads to an attentive and trustworthy appearance. The robot’s presence fits in public and busy environnements and draws attention to itself.


adero reacts actively with its surroundings and creates relationships with people and objects. Using sound and light, the robot draws attention to himself and communicates his state of being. Once the robot arrives at the destination, it builds up a trustful connection to the customer enabling a novel yet intuitive interaction.

localisation and path planning

For autonomous indoor delivery, it is crucial to know the robot’s exact position. adero is hereby supported by the ETH spin-off Sevensense. Before the first operation, the path to the destination is learned and the environment alongside is mapped using six cameras. While delivering goods to customer, these camera in combination with a dedicated processing unit provide the position in the map and allow us to follow the trained path.

obstacle avoidance

In order to drive safely through the airport, a specific sensor setup was elaborated. 3D time-of-flight sensors detect obstacles ahead of the robot. The thereby obtained data is processed and then fed into an advanced path planning algorithm to avoid the obstacles and yet stay on the path towards the customer. An extra layer of security is provided by a belt of ultrasonic sensors monitoring the close range.

mechanical structure

The main structure is composed of an innovative combination of carbon fiber tubes and 3D printed links. This provides maximal sturdiness while keeping the weight low. It is designed to absorb impacts and prevents the robot from tipping over to ensure safe operation at all times. The bottom part hosts the main components, while the upper part encloses the payload and houses our various sensors.


The two wheeled nature of our robot provides high maneuverability in tight spaces and requires a sophisticated drive system. A high performance sensor to measure the robots motion provides accurate information to the computer running the stabilisation algorithm. From there, the motors are actuated 400 times every second to balance the robot robustly and to pursue the planned path.

Who we are

Randy Chen

Interaction Design

Kiran Doshi

Mechanical Engineering

Franziska Eckert

Mechanical Engineering

Kira Erb

Mechanical Engineering

Lucien Erdin

Electrical Engineering

Mirco Grob

Industrial Design

Philipp Honegger

Mechanical Engineering

Marcial Koch

Interaction Design

Frederic Letsch

Mechanical Engineering

Grzegorz Malczyk

Mechanical Engineering

Vincent Schorp

Mechanical Engineering

Nico Schulthess

Electrical Engineering

Andri Simeon

Mechanical Engineering

Andreas Voigt

Electrical Engineering

Seth Weber

Industrial Design

Our Sponsors

Title sponsor


Main sponsors


Flughafen Zürich

Co sponsors

phoenix mecano

3d sls technik




Other focus projects

focus project

adero is a focus project at ETH Zurich in cooperation with ZHdK for students in their final year of undergraduate studies. Over the course of two semesters, starting in September 2018, we will apply our technical knowledge to develop a product from scratch.




Contact Us

Get in touch! +41 44-632-85-73

Where To Find Us

ETH Zurich | Focusproject Adero
LEE J 206
Leonhardstrasse 21
8092 Zurich

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