Redwood City officials approve robot delivery pilot program

Photo Credit: Starship

REDWOOD CITY (KRON)—Redwood City officials approved a pilot program this week that allows robots to deliver groceries and restaurant food to homes and businesses.

Starship Technologies Inc. will launch the service with 20 robots.

It will begin next month and last for nine months.

Each robot is designed to carry three grocery bags and use nine on-board cameras to navigate.

They travel four miles per hour and will be controlled by someone when they are crossing intersections, city officials said.

The robots will operate within a 5-mile radius of its docking station.

Two docking stations will be in Redwood City, Starship Technologies officials said.

The program is now operating in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Starship Technologies is starting a similar, but smaller service in Washington D.C.

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