Tech startup “Starship Technologies” is working on extending its line of food delivering robots, to begin delivering packages in British town Milton Keynes (about 50 miles north of London).
Starship has previously worked with food delivery companies like DoorDash and Postmates to test out its robot delivery service. The company says their robots have traveled more than 125,000 miles in 20 countries, across 100 cities.
The company announced on Wednesday that Starship’s six wheeled robots will now transition from carrying hot meals and groceries to delivering packages straight to your front door.
The program is also said to launch to the US (San Francisco Bay Area) by the end of the year.
The process is quite simple. Those who want their packages delivered by Starship’s little robots must install the app and select an option that directs the package to the company’s storing establishment.
As soon as the package arrives to the facility, customers can head over to the app and schedule an exact delivery date and time (this can be as soon as 1 hour).
The little robots will then carry the package inside their compartment, and will be navigated to reach the desired destination. Starships high-tech robots are equipped with sensors that allow them to navigate around objects and people while they are crossing an intersection for instance. Once the package arrives, you enter a personal code to retrieve it. Of course, the robots will be monitored by employees to prevent theft and vandalism.
The company’s robots can deliver packages up to a two-mile radius. Starship says the robot’s battery can allow it to travel much further, however, the company wants to deliver the packages as soon as possible to remain competitive with other carrier companies.
Staship’s package delivery service is payed for on a monthly basis. You can purchase a monthly membership for £7.99 (about $10.19), and that will entail unlimited deliveries for that month.
With their high-tech fleet of delivery robots, the company’s main objective is to prevent the ongoing theft of packages from people’s front porches, and to provide a solution for those that are sick and tired of missed deliveries.
According to Starship’s CEO, Lex Bayer, “Over 10 million packages in the U.S. are stolen every year, so people are anxious.”
“This is a simple proposition. It’s archaic to deliver things when people are not at home,” he continues.
Other companies have already addressed Bayer’s concern. For instance, Amazon has started to install lockers at its subsidiaries (like WholeFoods), to which consumers need to provide a passcode to retrieve the package. Starship says its approach is more practical.
“The hassle of needing to re-arrange your life for a delivery will become a thing of the past. No more having to switch your working from home day, reschedule meetings, visit a locker, drive to a post office or contact a courier all because of a missed delivery. Starship gets packages to consumers when and where they want them. This is the only service of its kind available in the world today, and it works around your lifestyle,” says Bayer.
“It’s been a personal frustration for me to miss deliveries and get the slip saying they’ll come back tomorrow, and I’m like, ‘No, I won’t be home,’” he continues.