Technophobes who dread a future run by robots may be sleeping a little less lately, after news broke that Starship Technologies will deploy robots on the streets of five major European cities. But don’t get visions of a dystopian future ruled by machines just yet. These robots have a very humble task: to bring you lunch.
Later this month, cities in the UK, Switzerland, and Germany will see dozens of robots that will deliver food and packages to customers within a three-mile radius. Companies participating in the launch include Just Eat, German retailer Metro Group, German package delivery firm Hermes, and London food startup Pronto.co.uk.
“By launching partnerships with major companies we will enter the next phase in our development,” said Ahti Heinla, co-founder, CEO, and CTO of Starship Technologies. “While Starship has been testing the robots in 12 countries in the last nine months, we will now develop know-how on running real robotic delivery services.”
To obtain their lunch, customers will be given a code, which must be entered into the robot upon arrival. The robot—which will be monitored by humans in designated control centers—will then release the lunch for the customer to enjoy. Before launch, Starship reports that that its delivery robots have driven 5000 miles without a single mishap.
A U.S. test program is expected to launch in the near future.
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