Starship Technologies, a company launched by the co-founders of Skype, has built a fleet of selfdriving delivery robots designed to
deliver goods locally within 30 minutes. The robots travel on the pavement at slow speeds and with zero emissions. Integrated navigation and obstacle avoidance software enables them to travel autonomously, but they are also overseen by human operators who can step in to ensure safety at all times. For security, the cargo bay is locked and can only be opened by the recipient. Customers can choose a precise delivery slot and during delivery they can track the robot’s location in real time through an app. The robots are currently undergoing trials with industry partners including food delivery company Just Eat, parcel delivery company Hermes, German retailer Metro Group and London food delivery startup Pronto.co.uk.