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Robot Postman

from The Washington Post

This self-driving delivery robot is coming soon to sidewalks

By Matt McFarland

Starship Technologies will conduct a pilot test of the new robot in early 2016. (Starship Technologies)

The future of delivery might involve small drones zooming above pedestrians, cyclists and motorists at high speeds. Amazon and now Wal-Mart are moving down this path. Or it might be something a lot slower  that travels on sidewalks.

On Monday, a London startup founded by two Skype co-founders unveiled their self-driving delivery robot. It bumbles along at a whopping 4 mph.

That’s slightly faster than a pedestrian but slower than a jogger.

Starship Technologies says the 40-pound robot could make local deliveries in 30 minutes or less. The technology could be useful for neighborhood restaurants and retailers. Because the robot is largely automated, requiring almost no human involvement, Starship Technologies thinks the costs of delivering goods will drop by an order of magnitude. The slow speed and grounded approach also removes some of the safety concerns with drone delivery.

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Posted on November 2, 2015 by Editor

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