Robot delivery company Starship Technologies has launched services in Milton Keynes, UK, delivering lunch to people living and working in the city center.
Starship started commercial operations across other areas of Milton Keynes including Monkston, Emerson Valley and Bletchley.
Having made over 100,000 deliveries since April 2018, the service is now being expanded to the center of Milton Keynes.
Using the Starship deliveries app, people in central Milton Keynes can order food and drink from brands including Peels Juice Bar, Pepes Piri Piri, Bandit Street Food, Maaya Indian and Legend One Sushi Bar, with more merchants to be added this month.
Roads and junctions in Milton Keynes are operating significantly above capacity, with roads leading into town often operating at more than 100% of capacity.
Delivery robots are expected to ease traffic as consumers will not have to rely on delivery services using cars or other environmentally unfriendly modes of transportation.
Councillor Sam Crooks, mayor of Milton Keynes, said, “We’re living in an era where we are more conscious about the individual effect we’re having on the environment, and the center of MK can get very congested. Hopefully, this new service will ease congestion in the center and make it that bit more environmentally friendly, while giving workers the opportunity to experience robot delivery in a town on the frontline of new technological advancements.”
Andrew Curtis, head of UK operations at Starship, said, “We’ve seen huge surges in demand since we started operating in Milton Keynes two years ago. We’re excited that both residents and workers can now enjoy this low-cost and convenient benefit in the center of Milton Keynes, and we hope that it will make the town an even more attractive place to work in the future.”