Starship to be piloted in Washington DC

There are to be pilot programmes for Starship delivery vehicles to run in Washington DC and Redwood City in California. Recently Starship Technologies had approval from Coeur D’Alene in Idaho as well as five cities across Europe and the UK.

The Mayor of Redwood City, John Seybert, said of the pilot programme in his city, “We’re excited that Starship Technologies chose Redwood City for this innovative autonomous robot program. It has strong potential to not only reduce traffic in Redwood City, but allow restaurants and businesses to serve a greater number of customers.”

Starship is also working closely with a number of cities in the US including Sunnyvale, San Carlos, and Menlo Park to gain permission for robot pilot programs. There are signs that these will go ahead soon.

After testing programmes in London, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Bern and Tallinn there are moves for the Starship delivery robots to be tested in other major cities at this side of the Atlantic too.

“After successfully securing permission in Washington, DC and Redwood City, we can expand our extensive research and development programme,” added Ahti Heinla, CEO, Starship. “We actively seek out places like Washington, DC and Redwood City that share our vision for the future of delivery and we look forward to working closely with them during our pilot.”

In the European tests, Starship has been working with Just Eat, Swiss Post, Hermes and Metro Group and it said that “commercial partners for the US operations will be announced soon”.

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