Robots, The New Delivery Men

The next time you order food from a local restaurant, a robot may show up. The first two cities to see robots roaming through their streets are Redwood City, Calif. and Washington, D.C. 

The company that is making this possible is Starship Technologies, an Estonia-based startup. Starship  is working with delivery food service companies Postmates in Washington, D.C., and DoorDash in Redwood City, Calif.

Re/Code, the tech site reports that the six-wheeled robots are a little under two feet tall, weigh about 40 pounds empty and travel four miles per hour. Watch the above video to see the robots in action.

Starship was created by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis. They just received $17.2 million in funding from Daimler AG, Shasta Ventures, Matrix Partners and others.

Starship has been experimenting with robot deliveries in more than 40 cities in Europe. I guess this is now the real deal. 


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