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Hatfield-based Ocado is planning to use 'humanoid robots' at its warehouses as early as 2025.

The aim is for the 'SecondHands' robots to be exactly that - a second pair of hands for engineers.

The robot will learn through observation and will augment the humans’ capabilities by completing tasks that require a level of precision or physical strength that are not available to human workers.

The company, based on Hatfield Business Park, has already built a prototype.

The firm's addressed fears that the technology could replace people - instead saying it would take away "an element of a technician's job that is physically demanding, boring or unpleasant".

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