Say for example, the robot can’t complete the delivery, its human handler will step in to make sure the item gets to its destination, company spokesman Henry Harris-Burland said.
The D.C. Council voted in June to give the company permission to begin its delivery-by-robot service, but a lengthy permitting process has delayed its launch. Officials hope to begin service sometime in the next few months. The robots however, have been spotted around various D.C. neighborhoods. Harris-Burland said they are “mapping” neighborhoods in preparation for their debut. The service also will launch soon on the West Coast in Redwood City, Calif. — just south of San Francisco.
It’s not clear what type of items the robots will be delivering. Harris-Burland said that the company is still negotiating with local companies.
So far, the company has robots working in four cities in Europe: London, Hamburg, Dusseldorff and the Swiss city of Bern. The robots, which resemble small ice chests on wheels, deliver everything from meals to packages to medicine to small electronics. The company’s goal is to deliver items within a 30-minute window, Harris-Burland said.
So what does it take to be a good robot handler?
Harris-Burland said applicants should have a “passion for robotics, a willingness to embrace new technology, an openness to engage with the public.”
In short, “We’re looking for a happy talkative person,” he added.
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