Starship is a 6-wheeled autonomous instant delivery robot.
Starship Robot is a self-driving delivery robot. It has six wheels and is able to deliver parcels, food or groceries directly from stores to the customers within a 4 mile radius. It moves at pedestrian speed and can carry up to 100 pounds. The cargo bay is locked and can only be opened by the recipient. The robot is tracked throughout the delivery via the mobile app. The robots are used among others to reach vulnerable persons during the Covid-19 pandemic without potential human contact.
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
A larger customer base is targeted, through more cities covered especially under the Covid-19 lock-down. The robot delivery could be used by any user provided that they are in a city where it is available and they have the app.
The restaurant or distributors pay a fee for the service if they want to have deliveries operated by Starship. The user via the app will pay a fee of 1.99 USD.
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The loaded robots weigh up to 100 pounds. They can carry a load of up to 20 pounds. The robot has six wheels.
- Height : 55.9 cm
- Length: 68.6 cm
- Width: 55.9 cm
The robot is equipped with sensors and AI to map and understand the world around the robot. It has advanced object-detection system running at over 2,000 frames per second and a mapping system that allows it to understand its location to the nearest inch. The robot has for this purpose a suite of cameras around the outside that can be used to identify obstacles and help guide it to its destination.
The robots are remotely operated by one person in groups of 20. The operator follows the robots and will intervene if support is needed.
The robot is equipped with a collision avoidance system and with cameras to ensure safe transport among pedestrian and to the destination.
The app is used to order deliveries with the robot.
Hoffmann, T. and Prause, G., 2018, On the Regulatory Framework for Last-Mile Delivery Robots, Machines, 6(3), 33
Field testing with students on campuses
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