Former Skype founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis aim at reshaping local small scale delivery with the company Starship Technologies and this small autonomous device, moving at four miles per hour. The plan is to offer local delivery from the grocery store or retailers, or last-mile delivery of goods arriving to local hubs with ordinary carriers, at prices 10 to 15 times less than the cost of current last-mile delivery alternatives. Local point to point delivery is also an option.
Shoppers can follow the robot’s position through an app which is also used to unlock the lid of the robot.
The first pilot services are planned for UK, US and some other countries in 2016.
Digitisation of transportation is already coming through driverless cars, bringing big changes in car ownership, parking, traffic optimisation, city planning, logistics, taxi services and much more. Starship Technologies’ robot could add to that process, being much cheaper than a larger vehicle, and yet much easier to handle, more energy efficient and with bigger load capacity than drones.