“We’re aiming to revolutionize the last-mile delivery industry for customers and businesses by offering 24/7, on-demand delivery at a low price unheard of in the current environment,” declares Henry Harris-Burland, marketing and communications manager at Starship Technologies.
The smart robots can carry groceries, food orders and packages, and deliver products within a 3-mile radius. Equipped with GPS and video cameras to navigate, they can reach a customer within half an hour, while traveling on the sidewalk at a safe speed of 4mph. Customers can also track the progress of their delivery via an app.
To ensure security, the robots are opened with a unique code known only to the customer. Deliveries are also monitored remotely by employees who can intervene in the event of any problems. Unlike delivery drones, which have been criticized for various reasons, Starship’s droids are not subject to regulations affecting airborne vehicles and are unlikely to cause injury if they malfunction. The robots use sensors to avoid obstacles and pedestrians on paths, promising not only safety but reduced congestion and emissions.