Robots need rides, too. Enter the Mercedes-Benz “Robovan.”
Starship Technologies, maker of squat six-wheeled robots that deliver packages to businesses and homes, said Wednesday it is working with Mercedes to develop a van to transport eight of the robots and release them onto sidewalks to make deliveries.
The vans, for now, are to be driven by humans.
“By leaving the door-to-door part to delivery robots the van drivers’ productivity will significantly rise while reducing congestion on the streets and CO2 emissions,” Allan Martinson, Starship’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. Left unsaid: Fewer van drivers will be needed for a given volume...