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Bloomberg Businessweek (North America) - - Technology - Michael Belfiore

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. �

Specs The six-wheeled elec­tric ve­hi­cle uses a 3G or 4G In­ter­net con­nec­tion and map­ping soft­ware to find its way from a re­tailer to cus­tomers who’ve placed or­ders via an app or a web­site. Early tests Star­ship has tested its ro­bots on side­walks in 22...

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