Startup Plans on Trialling Autonomous Delivery Robots in Greenwich
“The trial complements the work undertaken by the Royal Borough of Greenwich on smart city innovation – work that we believe will be significant for all cities in the futures,” said Greenwich Council leader Denise Hyland.
“I am delighted that The Royal Borough of Greenwich has been chosen as the first location in the UK to trial this revolutionary delivery system, and that Starship Technologies has chosen to base their UK offices in Greenwich. This technology has the potential to transform the local delivery of goods and groceries,” she added.
Getting to know the locals
As the robots do not share the streets with vehicular traffic, a key part of the trial will be to introduce them to the general public.
“Our robots are a totally new class of devices that will provide a combination of low cost and convenience with less congested streets and zero emissions,” said Starship’s Heinla.
“The robot has been in development for almost two years, and we’ve experienced unprecedented levels of interest and goodwill – so it’s great to now be taking the first step to rolling our little robot out for real. The robot has been very well received by pedestrians in all of the interactions we’ve seen so far, so it’s very exciting to be officially introducing the robot to the British public.”
Starship said it expected to launch pilot delivery services on a wider scale in the UK later this year, and will be embarking on tests in the US from April 2016.