Autonomous supply: Starship sends robots to company premises
Photo: At your service: Starship robots are ideal for use on closed areas, such as the vehicles in a pilot project on the Intuit campus in Mountain View. Photo: Starship
The start-up ignites the next stage of its growth strategy and aims to conquer company and campus areas. Deliveries range from food to tools.
At your service: Starship robots are ideal for use on closed areas, such as the vehicles in a pilot project on the Intuit campus in Mountain View. Photo source: Starship
by John Reichel
The British start-up Starship Technologies has announced the start of autonomous deliveries on company and university premises in Europe and the USA. These robot deliveries are intended to support further growth in the delivery of food, and parcels within residential areas. The measure is also intended to herald the large-scale introduction of autonomous delivery services on company and university premises through the use of robots, as the company outlines. The robots offer on-demand deliveries via an app that saves employees from waiting in line for lunch, running errands or transporting goods and equipment between different locations on campus. The robots are housed in specially developed stations on the company premises to enable automatic battery change and the robots to be accommodated in idle mode. The supplier promises that these so-called pods could be designed in such a way that they fit into the architecture of the environment. They are also available in different sizes to accommodate a different number of robots.
A pilot project for use on closed areas has been running on the Intuit campus in Mountain View since 2018. The Starship app allows employees to order food and beverages and have them delivered to all 4.3 hectares of the Intuit campus throughout the day, the provider describes. On average, a robot takes 17 minutes to deliver food, coffee or snacks on campus. The spectrum ranges from foodstuffs to office supplies or tools and spare parts on large factory premises. The most frequent delivery on that are breakfast rolls, so the offerer.
Expansion of the fleet to other campus areas
“Following the positive response to our robots, we plan to dramatically expand our service by 2019 and deploy a thousand more robots on company and university premises around the world,” explained CEO Ahti Heinla of Starship Technologies. The launch of the campus launch is an important milestone in the growth of Starship Technologies and extends the commercial test phases in the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Estonia. The robots developed by the start-up in the technology centre in Tallinn/Estonia have now covered more than 100,000 kilometres in 20 countries and over 100 cities worldwide, affecting over 15 million people. The supplier has set itself the goal of supplying goods locally within a radius of five kilometres and within 15 to 60 minutes with its robot fleet. At the beginning of 2017, the van division of the Daimler Group became a strategic investor in the start-up. Hermes and Domino’s Pizza Service were also testing the robots.
What does that mean?
This step is logical: Using the clever small delivery robots on closed areas such as campuses or company premises makes even more sense than chasing them into the erratic traffic jungle. Pilot projects with Daimler’s van division, in which the delivery robots swarm out of a sprinter and support the delivery driver in the suburbs, are already heading in a similar direction. Less practicable, on the other hand, is autonomous use in the “open field” of the big city, the requirements are too complex, the risk to the devices is too high and acceptance is too low. There is also great potential for the British-Estonian start-up in intralogistics.
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Link to company: https://www.starship.xyz/company/