Starship Technologies is about to introduce an environment-friendly autonomous electric vehicles to deliver the packages locally in just 5 to 30 minutes.
Ahti Heinla, a Skype co-founder and CEO at Starship Technologies said, “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.”
This robot can carry up to 20 to 25 pounds of products and can moves at about 4 miles per hour consuming energy equivalent to a light bulb. These robots have GPS and computer vision capability, nine cameras, and 2-way audio capabilities.
As Amazon, Google and many other companies were experimenting with drones to deliver packages this new startup is focusing on the earth-bound robot to do the same. The company hopes that by deploying this robot for delivery process the cost of deliveries made by Starship will be under $1.
Starship is targeting the first trials for delivering process in the U.S. and Britain, in the September 2020.
David Vos, an executive at Google-parent Alphabet, said at a conference in Washington Monday that he expects commercial deliveries by its Project Wing drone program to take place in 2020.
Allan Martinson, Starship’s chief operating officer, said: “It doesn’t make sense to drive a 2-ton car to deliver 2 pounds of something. It wastes energy, time and CO2.”
Henry Harris-Burlan, Communications manager, put like this “People don’t want drones above their backyard, above their kids’ heads, because if they drop out of the sky, someone is going to get hurt.”
Now, the question arises here is “Will Robots beat Drones in delivery packages?” and when it comes to predictions on what technology will deliver your couriers many of the experts bet that delivery robots will beat out the flying quad copters.