Grocery shopping can be a hassle. There are the crowded aisles, getting in line to pay, then you have to put it all in the car and drive back home. We need a robot to do this for us. Starship to the rescue! Starship is a self-driving robot that delivers groceries to your door in less than 30 minutes for just £1. That’s about $1.50(USD)
The Starship robot was developed by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis. It has proprietary mapping and navigation technology to help it not crash into things. Starship has a maximum load of two grocery bags (20lbs), operating out of hubs which are actually repurposed shipping containers that are co-located at grocery stores or warehouses.
Starship still has some obstacles to overcome, though. For instance, it will not be able to navigate through uneven terrain and will need a relatively flat route to your home. Also, despite its name, Starship is not very fast – with an average speed of 4 mph.
The robot is in the prototype stage right now, and its makers plan to roll it out in the UK next year. You just know these robots are going to be roughed up and your stuff stolen, but it is a cool idea.