Starship Technologies, founded by co-founders of the well-known instant messaging and video communication platform Skype, is a robotics development company aiming to revolutionize the delivery of packages in your local area. After a long development period, Starship Technologies has received approval to test their ground-delivery robot in Washington D.C.
What makes this location so suitable for their company is how plausible it is for their business to reach a booming success. Due to Washington D.C. being the capital of the US, strict no-fly zones have prevented drones from buzzing around, possibly preventing drones with malicious intent. As a result, these heavy regulations eliminate the ability to run a drone delivery business. However, with no drones, people are forced to look to the next best delivery method: ground robots. And that’s where Starship Technologies rolls in.
Their ground delivery robot is a secure wheeled box that navigates the busy streets of a city to deliver a package. With potential uses ranging from person-to-person deliveries to business-to-person deliveries, the application of an efficient ground delivery robot in the cluttered streets of D.C. provides exciting opportunities. Although rules dictate the robot cannot weigh more than fifty pounds unloaded or travel more than ten miles an hour, Starship will be able to test their pilot program on sidewalks.
While you might not be able to have your package delivered by robot anytime soon, the company is focusing on environment mapping. You know, just to make sure that the robot doesn’t encounter any navigation errors like bumping into things.
Starship Technologies will begin testing in D.C. sidewalks come September 15, 2016. The company expects the service to launch for the rest of us in December, but problems may arise halting the launch. Nonetheless, it’s a possibility robots will be delivering before drones.
Source: Washington Post