Now, You Can Be Served By A Robot!
Starship Technologies, a startup created by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, will put its autonomous ground-delivery robots to work delivering food with Postmates in Washington, D.C., and DoorDash in Redwood City, California.
The robots are a little under two feet tall, weigh about 40 pounds empty and travel four miles per hour. The idea is that one day soon these autonomous rovers will share sidewalk space with pedestrians on their own.
Each robot works like a delivery person: It goes to the restaurant to get loaded up, delivers to the address and then goes to the next restaurant to do it again. Neither Postmates nor DoorDash will charge extra for the robot experience. And Postmates lets customers opt out if robotic delivery isn’t their bag; DoorDash doesn’t give an option. The robots are expected to make around 10 deliveries a day. Starship announced it that it has raised over 17.2 million dollars, starship’s robots have made deliveries in more than 40 cities in Europe!