Starship Technologies, a European startup company, has released details on their new project, a self-driving robot that will deliver groceries right to your door. The robot will be able to carry almost twenty pounds of groceries and will make it to its destination in 30-minutes or less. Prototypes are currently being used in a test market in London. The company hopes to officially launch the program in 2016 in countries like The United States and The United Kingdom.
Users will be able to use a mobile app where they can choose the delivery time and track the robot’s progress. Only the app user will be able to unlock the merchandise. The robots will travel around four miles per hour and drive uncontrolled 99% of the time. All robots will have cameras and a speaker which operators can speak through. They hope this will deter shoplifting and other criminal activities.
Starship Technologies was founded by two co-creators of Skype. “Our vision revolves around three zeroes – zero cost, zero waiting time and zero environmental impact. We want to do to local deliveries what Skype did to telecommunications.” said Ahti Heinla, a Skype co-founder and CEO at Starship Technologies.