London Startup Will Begin Pilot Test of Self-Driving Delivery Robot in Early 2016

Published by , November 16, 2015 11:40 am

(The Washington Post) — A London startup founded by two Skype co-founders has unveiled Starship, a self-driving delivery robot that travels at 4 mph. That’s slightly faster than a pedestrian but slower than a jogger. Starship Technologies said the 40-pound robot could make local deliveries in 30 minutes or less. The technology could be useful for neighborhood restaurants and retailers. Because the robot is largely automated, requiring almost no human involvement, Starship Technologies thinks the costs of delivering goods will drop by an order of magnitude. The slow speed and grounded approach also removes some of the safety concerns with drone delivery.

The startup said it will conduct a pilot study in early 2016 in Greenwich, London, and that it’s in talks with several companies about using Starship. So far, the prototype has been driven over 80 miles in London, Boston, New York, and San Francisco.

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