Starship announces global delivery robot roll-out
Written by Chris Lemmon
Starship Technologies will start a major commercial roll-out of its autonomous delivery robots for corporate and academic campuses in the US and Europe.
“We’ve already partnered with Compass Group on the Intuit Mountain View campus in the US to provide accessible, convenient and sustainable robotic delivery,” said Starship Technologies chief executive Ahti Heinla, “and after a successful start to the year and great reception to our robots, we are planning to dramatically expand our services and distribute thousands of robots across campuses around the world by 2019.”
The initiative will be the first large-scale deployment of autonomous delivery services, deploying more than 1,000 robots by the end of the year, following successful trials in the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland and Estonia. Robots developed by Starship Technologies have now covered over 100,000 miles around the world in 20 countries and over 100 cities, encountering over 15 million people.
The robots offer on-demand delivery anywhere on participating campuses via an app, offering employees the convenience of having food delivery when and where they want, eliminating unwanted errands and waiting in line, or transporting items to and from other locations on campus.
The robots can deliver items from food to office stationery, with the most popular item delivered by the robots being a breakfast sandwich.
"The rollout of Starship’s campus offering represents a major milestone in the development of delivery robots,” concluded Heinla. “By providing campuses with our platform, we are leading the deployment of autonomous delivery at scale worldwide.”