Starship Technologies delivery robots

Starship Technologies is an Estonian company that makes autonomous delivery robots. 

Starship launched started launching commercial services in 2017 in the UK, USA, Germany, and other countries, often in partnership with local supermakets.  

The robots, which can travel at a max speed of 6 kilometres per hour (3.7 mph), use 10 cameras, ultrasound, radar, and GPS to travel along pavements and cross streets.

People have generally welcomed Starship Technologies' robots for their convenience, time-saving, and perceived cuteness.

Operator: Starship Technologies; Co-op; Sodexo; Tesco
Developer: Starship Technologies
Country: UK
Sector: Transport/logistics
Purpose: Deliver groceries
Technology: Robotics
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Employment; Robustness, Safety
Transparency: Black box

Risks and harms 🛑

Starship robots have been known to crash, get lost, or take too much time to make deliveries, leading to negative feedback and, occasionally, physical backlashes. Concerns have also been expressed about their impact on jobs.

Incidents 🔥

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Type: System
Published: December 2021
Last updated: June 2023