Security measures to stop the pandemic have placed deliveries with autonomous robots on the front line. Suddenly and, one could almost say, ahead of time, delivery services with autonomous robots have been launched. To horse killer. For necessity. The COVID-19 pandemic has put this new technology in the spotlight. Security measures to avoid contagion are mainly based on avoiding contact between people. And this is precisely what these machines enable.
At Starship Technologies they know the situation well. They have been working since 2014, when it was founded by two Skype co-founders, on autonomous delivery robots. Its expansion plans looked to 2021, with a clear target in the peephole: university campuses. This was the niche that the company had chosen to start growing its business.
The idea seemed promising. University campuses are large, but traffic-free or light-traffic environments, ideal for commercial testing of autonomous delivery robots. But before any of this could begin, the pandemic has arrived. And the company has taken a turn. Its purpose now is to meet this growing demand for deliveries with autonomous robots, without people.
From the company, they affirm that they have observed that the demand for delivery services that avoid contact with people has exploded in recent weeks. And is that these machines are one of the technological alternatives that are gaining more prominence.
Starship Technologies already made food deliveries, in their small land rovers, which carry up to 9 kilos. This type of autonomous vehicle is not new. Similar systems already operate in Dallas, as well as in Arizona, where fresh food is delivered. But its use during the epidemic itself has been abrupt.
Technological Solutions to Stop the Contagion
The use of autonomous vehicles to perform certain tasks began to develop in China. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the country tried using driverless vans that sanitized the streets. Drones have also been used for this purpose, although in their case they are remotely piloted.
The key is in robotics, in the automation of tasks. This factor can, in some cases, exempt people from doing the work and, therefore, from exposing themselves. One of the most striking proposals in this regard has been the opening in China of an automated hospital. The assistance will be provided by robots, in order to avoid overexposure of the restrooms, who will, of course, supervise the operations.