Co-op and Starship Technologies have extended their partnership and will be releasing 500 autonomous vehicles across the UK, while also launching robot delivery services in five new towns and cities.
The grocery store is the first major Uk supermarket to use robots for home delivery, and the partnership aims at increasing capacity while reducing emissions from traditionally used trucks.
Customers can make orders and receive items in as little as twenty minutes, and Starship’s service is now available to more than one million people around the world on a daily basis.
Alastair Westgarth, CEO of Starship Technologies said: “We are pleased to extend our hugely successful collaboration with Co-op and bring the benefits of autonomous delivery to thousands more people across the UK.
“More and more people are realising that it doesn’t make sense to drive to the store for ‘top up’ groceries when the hassle can be removed through autonomous, contactless and environmentally friendly delivery.”
Chris Conway, Head of eCommerce, Co-op added: “Our focus is to continue to innovate and look for new and better ways to do business in our communities while expanding access to our products and services.
“By working collaboratively with Starship and other partners with shared values we can ensure we further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, something which is essential if we are to have a healthy and sustainable natural environment to pass on to future generations.”