|Thanks for delivering lunch!|
|Nice toy, but are you practical?|
The Mercury News/Aaron Kinney, update 11/25/16, "Redwood City ready to debut futuristic delivery robots."
.... The pilot project is one of two in the United States — the other is in Washington, D.C. — and the latest step in the company’s plan for a rapid global expansion. Starship Technologies, headquartered in London, has also approached Menlo Park and Sunnyvale about a pilot project, conducted an autonomous driving test with its robots over the summer in Silicon Valley and performed testing this fall in Redwood City." Read article.
|Beep, beep, don't step on robo.|
|Ur, careful crossing the street.|
Related approval, US Department of Transportation. Digital Trends, Drew Prindle and Ed Oswald, 7/6/16, includes YouTube video, 1:49 minutes, "Starship Technologies' cute sidewalk drones will roll into London soon." In the U.S., Starship Technologies has gained approval from the Washington, D.C., Department of Transportation to begin tests of the (ground-based) drone. Given that D.C. is a “no-fly zone” for airborne drones, Starship’s option appears to be a solution to that problem. It is the first ever approved test for ground-based drones anywhere in the U.S., and they should begin in September and continue through to the end of 2017. Reference. Starship Technologies: Starship Technologies/about. Press Release - Starship Technologies. Wikipedia.
Note photographs, Left: Woman eating lunch (delivery from Just Eat) from Vemtire Beat/Paul Swers, 7/5/16, "Just Eat and Starship Technologies to power food delivery in London with self-driving robots." Robot crossing the street Emirates Business, 11/28/16, "Meet Robbie, the bot which delivers your shopping." Right: Older man viewing robot, Robohub/Robocars/Brad Templeton, 7/7/16, "Starship delivery robots getting ready to deliver in London, Germany, Bern." Younger man viewing the robot image to Swiss Post, 8/23/16, "Swiss Post to test self-driving delivery robot."
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