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Robot Food Deliveries Start In CA, DC

  • Re/code, Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:12 AM

Starting today, residents and businesses in Redwood City, Calif., and Washington, D.C., can get food delivered right to their doors — via robot. Starship Technologies, an Estonia-based startup created by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, will put its autonomous ground-delivery robots to work delivering food with Postmates in Washington, D.C., and DoorDash in Redwood City, Calif. The six-wheeled robots are a little under two feet tall, weigh about 40 pounds empty and travel four miles per hour — walking speed. The idea is that one day soon these autonomous rovers will share sidewalk space with pedestrians on their own, but for now they’ll be accompanied by handlers — people walking alongside each robot as it makes its deliveries. The handlers will take notes on how well Starship’s robots perform and intervene if something goes wrong.

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  1. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , January 19, 2017 at 9:53 a.m.

    you will always need a "handler" because there will always be people who will hi-jack the food.
    So, if you're paying the "handler" to be a chaparone, why not let him just deliver the food, collect some tips, and keep America Working???????    Scrap the r2D2.  Another Dumb idea , just because it can be done.

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