They’re not quite the Mars rover, but these Earth-based robots provide a service of a different sort: delivery. London-based Starship Technologies, already piloting robot delivery services in the District of Columbia and Redwood City, California, and elsewhere across the globe, has now won that right in Virginia.
Starship and Just Eat have delivered their first takeout meal to a London resident via robot.
The customer, Simone, used Just Eat to order a meal from Turkish restaurant Taksim Meze.
Switzerland has announced that its postal service, Swiss Post, will be testing robots, with the intention of eventually using them to help deliver mail, according to CNN Money.
Swiss Post will conduct tests on deliveries of food and medicine next month in three cities.
In the coming weeks, robots developed by Starship Technologies will hit the streets of London to help deliver meals ordered from two of the UK’s biggest food delivery startups – Just Eat and Pronto.
The self-driving robots have already journeyed over 5,000 miles in tests across Greenwich, Milton Keynes and Glastonbury. The company says they have “met over 400,000 people without a single accident.”
WASHINGTON — Drones can’t legally fly inside the Beltway, so packages delivered by drones in D.C. is not really a possibility. But that is only if you are looking to the skies.
Starship, a European company started by the co-founders of Skype, got approval last week from the D.C. Council to begin testing their delivery robots on Washington sidewalks.