Recently, the German car maker, Daimler, invested in Starship Technologies which develops delivery robots, amongst other things. The investment positions Daimler to take a new and exciting path in the logistics industry.
Daimler have invested 16.5 million euros in the company which has already developed a small delivery robot. Starship Technologies is a joint British and Estonian start-up. Last year, the company developed a Robovan together with Daimler. This is a delivery van from which the delivery robots will be delivered to their destination.
The electronic service provider is a development of Skype inventor Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, who began operating at the beginning of December in London. The robots can carry up to 15 kilograms of goods up to a distance of about 5 kilometres. They will be able to move autonomously on pedestrian areas and footpaths. The robot is equipped with sensors and cameras for this purpose.
Further test runs are being carried with the trading group Metro (a supermarket chain) and the courier service, Hermes. In Switzerland, the small robot has already been delivering packages. The goal is that a single employee is able to monitors up to 100 delivery robots online and, if necessary, intervenes in the control system if one of the machines has a problem.