Looking like it should be exploring a distant planet rather than simply delivering your groceries, this six-wheeled robot concept by Starship Industries plans on conquering the market on short-distance deliveries — really short distances. Press release here.
The idea is that a customer will place an order online, then the Starship drone will be automatically loaded up with the goods inside a ‘portable warehouse’ which is actually constructed from a converted cargo container. This can be placed anywhere which is convenient, like a parking lot or by a shopping mall, for instance. The Starship then heads out on the sidewalks at a top speed of four miles an hour, with a range of up to two miles. The aim is to deliver a package in under 30 minutes.
The customer can track the drone’s progress with an app, then use the app to open up the drone and take delivery of the package. The six-wheeled vehicle has a low-power electric motor which only requires a fast charge back at base. It can even tackle some low stairs.
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