Food delivery through robots is the new craze, but these robots shouldn’t necessarily be flying to ensure timely delivery. The flying robot bodies or drones have to undergo many regulations, but when it comes to non-flying robots, there is no stopping. Keeping the same viewpoint, Postmates and DoorDash will now use rolling robots from a London-based company Starship Technologies to deliver your food.
Delivery apps will use the ‘droid-style’ robots for small orders. The robots drive autonomously on sidewalks. Nonetheless, they are still monitored by humans. Delivery drones face a lot of regulatory problems, but these robots from Starship got approved by D.C.’s city council which can not allow drone deliveries due to central no-fly zone. The Starship personal delivery devices were tested in D.C., Redwood City and Fayetteville, Ark.
Postmates in D.C. and DoorDash in Redwood City will be the pioneers of food delivery by robots. The robots deliver more than just food. Starship, running its engineering out of Estonia, has made similar partnerships with other delivery services. In fact, it has partnered up with the Finnish food delivery startup Wolt, Europe’s Just Eat, Hermes Parcel Delivery, and consumer electronics retailer Media Markt, and Swiss Post.
Starship has the vision to save customers’ time and money. The company raised $17.2 million in seed funding. The delivery companies are excited about how their clients would react when they see robots delivering them food. Human workers avoid picking up small orders because they get little tips. The robots will fill in for such orders in nearby areas. DoorDash plans to build a central hub where robots could deliver food which will be taken the rest of the way by deliverers.
Postmates’ Senior Vice President for Business Holger Luedorf said, “We are very excited about robotics and how we can better utilize the technology to enhance our already strong delivery fleet.”
Robots replacing human workers may be very scary for those seeking employment opportunities, but nobody can deny that these tedious tasks will ultimately be taken up by robots.
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