Creator: Starship Technologies
StarShip is a small delivery robot that has been implemented in a growing number of universities across the United States, and is likely being trialed further afield.
This project is one of our favourites simply because our CEO @simon_betts lived and worked around these robots while living and studying at Northern Arizona University, USA.
On the NAU campus these robots work as a fast food delivery systems for Starbucks, Chick-Filla, Pizza Hut and more. The robots can sense when somebody is directly in-front of it, and can play a polite message asking them to move. It’s rather clever that the robot knows that it’s a person rather than an obstacle.
One surprising revelation that we found in our research was that, when the robot reaches a road cross it stops. StarShip then connects to a local operator, who will manually take the robot across the road when it is safe to do so. The operator then transfers the StarShip back to its autonomous mode, where it completes its delivery.
The technology that is being trialed and developed here is not only impressive, but a milestone in the development of integrating technology into the world.
All round, we think this is a cool piece of technology. if you know of any technology that you think would be of interest to us then comment below.
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