Innovation: Delivery robots—no tipping, please
Form and function
The suitcase-size, 25-pound Starship robot travels on sidewalks at up to 4 miles per hour to deliver as much as 20 pounds of groceries and other goods to a customer’s door.
Innovator Ahti Heinla
Age 44 Co-founder and chief executive officer of Starship Technologies, a 45-person London startup
Driverless vehicles can make urban delivery more efficient, but large numbers of sidewalk robots pose their own problems, says Karl Ronn, managing director of consulting firm Innovation Portfolio Partners and former head of research and development at Procter & Gamble. Heinla says Starship is seeking additional funding while it further refines its robots for pilot programs in other cities.