When an order comes in, the bot will drive itself to collect its cargo — up to 10 kg or three shopping bags at a time, store it in its hold and head to its destination through a "cat flap" in a door. After the automated courier arrives, the recipient will unlock using a special security code.
The six-wheeled machines are "trained" to follow traffic rules, and also use GPS, radar and nine cameras to find their destination, navigate and avoid obstacles. They can drive autonomously in a 2-3 mile radius, but they are monitored by human operators. Starship Technologies claims it has tested its bots over 8,000 km, during which they have encountered more than 400,000 humans without a single incident.
The test program will move to other European cities soon, followed by a test launch in the US, Starship said in a statement.