The robots are lightweight and low-cost, enabling the company to bring the current cost of delivery down by up to 15 times per shipment. The robots drive autonomously most of the time but are monitored by human remote controllers who can take over the control at any time.

Self-Driving Delivery Robots Hit the Road

March 11, 2016
A six-wheeled intelligent robot will be rolling down the streets of Greenwich, London.

A six-wheeled intelligent robot will be rolling down the streets of Greenwich, London.

The robot, first launched in 2015, is designed for local delivery of goods and groceries for consumers for under £1 per shipment. The robots use pavements like pedestrians, traveling at slow speeds and with zero emissions.

“Our robots are a totally new class of devices that will provide a combination of low cost and convenience with less congested streets and zero emissions,” said Ahti Heinla, CEO, Starship Technologies.

“The robot has been in development for almost two years, and we’ve experienced unprecedented levels of interest and goodwill – so it’s great to now be taking the first step to rolling our little robot out for real. The robot has been very well-received by pedestrians in all of the interactions we’ve seen so far, so it’s very exciting to be officially introducing the robot to the British public.”

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