Starship Technologies, the company behind Co-op’s automated delivery service, is today celebrating 50,000 successful commercial deliveries.
After first partnering with Co-op back in April 2018, delivering goods via its automated robot fleet to customers in Milton Keynes, Starship’s service has now expanded to more the 100 cities around the world, and have now travelled a collective 200,000 miles.
The popularity of Starship’s service in Milton Keynes has seen the number of houses it serves grow by 450 per cent, while partnering with a second Co-op store and a Tesco location in the town.
“This is an exciting time for the Co-op, with innovations and new technologies driving a number of different home delivery schemes,” Co-op’s head of food digital Chris Conway said.
“The popularity of our work with Starship is clear to see in Milton Keynes, with children leaving messages and drawings with the robots, and expressions of thanks from members of the community.”
Outside of Milton Keynes, the tech start-up introduced its delivery service to George Mason University’s Fairfax campus in the US earlier this year, allowing thousands of customers to order goods from local participating businesses via an app, which are then delivered in its autonomous vehicles.
It has now announced plans to launch its service in a second location in Northern Arizona University, offering 25,000 students, university staff and faculty deliveries for just $1.99.
30 new robots will now deliver orders weighing up to 20 pounds, or around three full shopping bags, from various local businesses.
Its six-wheeled robots are able to mount curbs, cross streets and travel in any conditions including the snow, rain and dark autonomously.