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Delivery robots to launch worldwide

Delivery robots are set to get a commercial rollout.

Starship Technologies first developed robots that were designed to deliver packages to people’s homes in 2016, and following a trial of the machines in London, they have revealed they are working on rolling out their delivery bots commercially in the near future.

According to Gizmodo, the rollout is taking place in the US and across Europe, including the UK, with an initial focus on academic and corporate companies.

Anyone working in a location that has Starship robots nearby will be able to use a mobile app in order to use a robot to bring them food, so they don’t need to waste their lunch break waiting in long queues.

Starship has claimed that the idea behind this scheme is to encourage workers to spend their lunch breaks outside, as they aren’t having to spend time queuing up for food, or rushing around to get things finished in their limited hour break.

In the UK specifically, Starship is continuing its trial with Just Eat in London, as well as "a major supermarket in Milton Keynes" that wasn’t named.

Gizmodo claims that a Starship representative has also confirmed plans to rollout the autonomous machines to business across the UK, with their goal to have 1,000 bots in action worldwide before the end of the year.

In 2017, it was claimed that supermarket chain Tesco was trialling the use of delivery robots instead of trucks to bring food to their stores, as well as to homes near the supermarket.

At the time, it was reported that the 4mph battery-powered robots could carry items within a three-mile radius of stores or delivery hubs, and customers could track its progress.

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