The following is an excerpt from Ivana Kottasova | November 3, 2015 | CNN.com |
Forget drone deliveries. It's all about cute self-driving robots now.
At least that's what Skype's co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis are hoping for. The two have launched a robot company called Starship Technologies, hoping to solve the "last mile problem" of delivering parcels from transportation hubs to people's homes.
It's a huge challenge for businesses. Delivery trucks contribute to congestion and their drivers have to deal with nightmare parking problems. Plus they are expensive -- experts say at least 28% of transportation costs are incurred during the last mile.
Tech companies like Google (GOOGL, Tech30), and Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) want to tackle the issue by using drones -- but so far haven't been able to overcome regulatory roadblocks.
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