Starship Delivery Robot, 2015
The electrically powered Starship autonomous delivery robot offers a new way to deliver local goods. In 2013, Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis designed a soil sample retrieval robot as part of a NASA contest. Afterward, they looked for a way to apply their concept to a last mile delivery vehicle. The resulting robot delivers goods to customers within a two-mile radius, traveling on sidewalks at a pedestrian pace to ensure safety and alleviate curb congestion. Nine cameras and sensors help the robot navigate obstacles in real time, and a lock secures the robot’s contents until delivery.
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Courtesy of Starship Technologies.