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Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town


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One of the autonomous robots making local deliveries.

A fleet of robots on wheels that deliver retail purchases in the English town of Milton Keynes have seen their popularity surge as residents are stuck indoors due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Credit: Reuters

A fleet of six-wheeled robots that deliver retail purchases is becoming increasingly popular in the British town of Milton Keynes during the coronavirus lockdown.

The robots, manufactured by the Starship company, are making free deliveries to National Health Service (NHS) staff as public demand for their services grows.

Starship's Henry Harris-Burland said many NHS personnel in the town use the robots because they have no time to shop for themselves; over the past three weeks, Starship’s robot fleet has completed 100,000 autonomous deliveries.

Harris-Burland said, "We're doing everything we can as quickly as possible to expand to offer this service to more people, especially at this really important time."


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