Starship Robots - An Interesting Idea & The Way Forward?

spen666

Guru
Story doing the rounds in media in last week about stores using wheeled robots to deliver produce to customers

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43949554

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...ip-robots-deliver-shopping-Milton-Keynes.html

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/starship-technologies-robots-deliveries-intuit-compass-test

They sound good, but I wonder what happens if they are successful and adopted by numerous companies. The streets in towns will become somewhere that is difficult to walk on if there are these robots from numerous companies all making deliveries.

They will present problems for those with mobility issues to get around if on pavements in any number.

How long before the operators face litigation from someone injured by them?

Not sure how they would fare if banned from the pavements and made to go on roads

It will be interesting to see what the future of these is, if any, in public streets etc.

Wonder if there would end up being some form of licencing or regulation of them?



Can you imagine having your own one of these, following you as you walk home with your shopping after the shopping trip

Or, perhaps you could send it down the shops on its own , with an electronic note to do your shopping
 

I like Skol

Hold my beer and watch this....
"The firm claims none has been stolen or vandalised, with 100,000 miles of delivery journeys completed so far."

They haven't done the UK trial yet then...... :rolleyes:
 

srw

It's a bit more complicated than that...
I wonder what happens if they are successful and adopted by numerous companies
They won't be.

Like so much technological dreamery it's a solution in search of a problem. The real wins from driverless technology will come from long-distance large-scale transport, where the benefits of scale really kick in, and from simple point-to-point shuttles where the environment is highly predictable.

It's not impossible that some of the information learned from this small trial (1000 robots - not even enough to service a small town!) will play through into bigger scale operations, but it will be a very long time before it does.
 

Threevok

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Robot : Here is your order sir
Me : You forgot my soft drink
Robot: I'll be back
 
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