Starship’s robots begin delivering food and parcels in Europe
Several European ecommerce companies have started trial delivery using the self-driving robots of Starship Technologies. Online food delivery services Just Eat and Pronto will be using the robots in London, while German retail chain Metro and logistics company Hermes will use the robots in Dusseldorf, Bern and another undisclosed German city.
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Starship announced the partnership with several major ecommerce players on its website. Aside from the tests in the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland, the company also wants to start a similar testing program in the United States shortly.
Real robotic delivery service in Europe
The current test program consists of dozens of robots who will be deployed in five European cities to run test deliveries and to introduce the robots to the general public. “By launching partnerships with major companies we will enter the next phase in our development”, co-founder and CEO/CTO Ahti Heinla says. “While Starship has been testing the robots in 12 countries in the last nine months, we will now develop know-how on running real robotic delivery services.”
The autonomously robots from Starship
Starship Technologies was founded in 2014 by two Skype co-founders. It builds robots that are designed to autonomously deliver goods in 15 to 30 minutes within a 3-5 kilometer radius.