Delivery Drones? No. How About Cute Little Delivery Robots
Skype’s co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis have launched a “cute self-driving” robot company called Starship Technologies. The purpose of Starship Technologies is to solve the “Last Mile Problem” in delivery goods from the transportation hub to the customers home. Companies like Google and Amazon have attempted to combat the “Last Mile Problem” by using drones, however air regulations have been extremely strict post 9/11 and they have yet to get over this regulatory Road Blocks. Starship technologies will attempt to cut cost which come along with the “Last Mile Problem” by replacing delivery trucks with their little robots.
Starship Technologies will attempt to cut the costs behind the “Last Mile Problem” which experts say contributes to at least 28% of the total transportation cost. Heinla and Friis say their robots could provide a safer solution in delivering goods by taking trucks and drivers off the road making life better for everyone. We all hate those UPS trucks double-parked on your street right? Heinla the founder of Starship Technologies said, “The Robots will travel on pavements and sidewalks blending safely in with pedestrian traffic.” The robots will travel at a brisk speed of four miles per hour. The robots will be able to carry up to two grocery bags worth of goods and customers will be able to track the robot and gain access of the robot through a mobile app to avoid theft.
This article over looked safety. If a hacker wanted to hack into this robot and change its location to him or herself, opened the drone, put a weapon of mass destruction in it and sent back out to the public or back to its original destination he or she (the hacker) could cause serious damage to society. Starship Technologies is taking a very high risk every time it sends a robot out for a delivery. It is much harder for a determined thief to steal a delivery truck oppose to a tiny robot that could potentially resell for a lot of money. Starship also must account for nature. Mother nature is a savage and this robot will have to jump an even higher hurdle oppose to that of delivery trucks during inclement weather. If these robots cant deliver then customers will be dissatisfied. No body likes or wants unhappy customers.