Tech firm secures US pilot programmes

Tech firm secures US pilot programmes

London-headquartered Starship Technologies has been approved for pilot testing of its fleets of friendly sidewalk autonomous robots in two US cities- Washington, D.C., and Redwood City, CA.

Launched in 2014 by co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, Starship Technologies aims to change the way parcels, groceries and food are delivered by providing robots which can deliver goods locally in 15-30 minutes in a 2-3 mile radius.

The Mayor of Redwood City, John Seybert, said: "We’re excited that Starship Technologies chose Redwood City for this innovative autonomous robot program. It has strong potential to not only reduce traffic in Redwood City, but allow restaurants and businesses to serve a greater number of customers."

Starship is working closely with a number of cities in the US including Sunnyvale, San Carlos, and Menlo Park to gain permission for robot pilot programs. Similar efforts are continuing in Europe after the success of the joint testing program in London, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Bern (Switzerland) and Tallinn (Estonia).

"After successfully securing permission in Washington, DC and Redwood City, we can expand our extensive research and development program" added Ahti Heinla, CEO, Starship.

"We actively seek out places like Washington, DC and Redwood City that share our vision for the future of delivery and we look forward to working closely with them during our pilot."