Starship Technologies has announced a commercial roll-out of its autonomous delivery robots for corporate and academic campuses across the US and Europe following successful trials last year.
The robots offer on-demand delivery anywhere on participating campuses via an app, with the roll-out expanding on commerical delivery pilot programmes in the UK, US, Germany, Switzerland and Estonia.
Robots developed by Starship Technologies have now covered more than 100,000 miles around the world in 20 countries and more than 100 cities, encountering more than 15 million people along the way.
In the UK, Hermes trialled the robots in Southwark to act as an alternative to vans and drivers for last-mile delivery in the suburbs.
Ahti Heinla, CEO of Starship Technologies, said: "We’ve already partnered with Compass Group on the Intuit Mountain View campus in the US to provide accessible, convenient and sustainable robotic delivery and after a successful start to the year and great reception to our robots, we are planning to dramatically expand our services and distribute thousands of robots across campuses around the world by 2019.
"The rollout of Starship’s campus offering represents a major milestone in the development of delivery robots.
“Today’s announcement signals the next step in Starship’s journey. By providing campuses with our platform, we are leading the deployment of autonomous delivery at scale worldwide”.
On Intuit’s Mountain View campus, employees can order food and drink via the Starship app for delivery throughout the day across all 4.3 acres of the campus.
On average, a Starship robot takes 17 minutes to deliver food, coffee or snacks on the campus.