First Delivery Robot In The UK By The End Of 2016.
Using robots to deliver goods is no longer a scene from a sci-fi movie.
After Amazon presented their new delivery drones last year and following on Domino’s announcement that is getting ready to deliver their delicious takeaways with autonomous robots, another company just unveiled its similar plans here in the U.K.
The Estonian start-up Starship Technologies has announced that its new delivery robots are going to be roaming the streets of Greenwich, SE London in a trial for the next six months.
If the trial is a success, the company’s intentions are to provide delivery services for the local businesses using their six-wheeled robots before 2017.
Starship Technologies explains that the U.K. was a clear favourite for its trials thanks to the British Government’s clear commitment to the autonomous vehicles.
“Our robots are providing the businesses with a combination of low cost and convenience while helping the government with lesser congestions on the streets and also zero emissions.” said Ahti Heinla, the CEO of Starship Technologies.
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The trial is the latest attempt by the Borough of Greenwich to set itself as the central point of the next-generation tech in U.K. and not only.
The “first delivery robot” announcement comes as a confirmation not long after the news in the local media that the first autonomous car is going to begin the first tests on the streets of the Borough as it is preparing to host the GATEway driverless car project, in July 2016.
“I am charmed that the Starship Technologies has decided to base their U.K. offices here, in Greenwich and has chosen the Royal Borough of Greenwich as their first location in the UK to trial this modern delivery system,” said Cllr Denise Hyland, the leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Cllr Denise Hyland was elected as the first-ever woman Leader of the Borough back in 2014.
Before, she was the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Enterprise, and Skills.
As a Member of the Royal Borough of Greenwich since 2006, Denise lived in the borough for 40 years and had raised her family here.
“I love it! This technology has the potential to transform the local delivery of goods and groceries,” said Cllr Denise Hyland.
The trial complements the already existing projects the Royal Borough of Greenwich has on smart city innovations.