Delivery Robots in Idaho?
And okay, so they probably won't look like the picture :P But check this out though! This could be pretty awesome.
Reportedly, Starship Technologies officials (and yes, you read that name right) have met with lawmakers in Idaho to talk about House Bill 204. The bill would regulate delivery robots here I the Gem State.
What can be delivered by these robots? Well apparently, just about anything! So far they've mainly been used for packages, groceries, and take-out. And listen to this!: according to Starship Technologies, the robots are designed so they can avoid things like street signs and other objects as well as people while they're en route to you.
So how does this whole process work? Well, as KTVB reports, "When you're ordering groceries online, you usually set up a time to pick them up. With the delivery robot, you would go through the checkout process and select "Starship" as your delivery device.
With an app on your phone, you'll be able to track your groceries every step of the way. You will also receive a special code that is unique to your order and that will unlock the robot, making sure your food or package don't fall in the wrong hands.
Once you get your package or groceries, the robot goes back to where it came from. Catania says the robot can carry up to 30 pounds, travels at about 4 miles per hour, and is controlled by a human at all times."
These robots are already in use in places like Washington D.C., Redwood City, CA, the UK and Switzerland. So far, the robots have logged about 30,000 miles and have had more than 3 million interactions with humans without a single incident.
David Catania with Starship Technologies says, "What we're looking at is cutting down on the 20,000-pound trucks that are doing deliveries and cutting down on the number of times you take your 2,000-pound car to pick up 20 pounds of groceries. It weighs about 35 pounds and is capable of doing these round trips in 30 minutes for less than a dollar. So we think it's just a win, win for everyone."
According to Catania, the next step in this process is to take the robot issue to the House, after that the Senate, and of course to the Governor's Office. If everything works out, then they'll start looking for commercial partners.