Monday, May 23, 2016

Another pizza delivery robot roams the streets of Estonia

Another Pizza delivery robot is now roaming eastern Europe; Domino’s may have had the idea first, but now, there’s another pizza-delivering robot doing what it was created for— this time in Tallinn, Estonia. 

Created by Starship Technologies, this robot doesn’t just bring the pizza from the restaurant to the office, but rather takes care of the whole process, going both to and from Starship’s favorite joint, sometimes with cash in tow. 

And because the whole bot is covered with sensors and cameras, the engineers and project managers at home base Starship can keep an eye on the robot’s journey from start to finish.

Whenever the staff of the startup is ready for lunch, they send their robot out with payment locked securely in its body. It’s not until the helpful machine gets to the pizza parlor that the humans back at Starship press a button, unlocking the money-containing hatch and allowing pizzeria workers to replace the cash with hot pies.

And according to Starship CFO Allan Martinson, this is what delivery of the future is going to look like. With robots already 90 to 99 percent automated, humans may no longer have to deal with the drudgery of running errands. 
Today, 15 robots are currently being tested in London, Berlin, Tallinn, and Arkansas.

Forbes describes the robot’s appearance as “sleek and futuristic, like a stretched out version of Iron Man’s helmet.” Currently, a single human operator can control four robots from Starship’s headquarters, as the robots do need help with some tasks like crossing the road or avoiding obstacles. 
But as the robots become more acclimated to their surroundings, they reduce the need for human help.

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