Delivery Bots May be Coming to Your Address Soon

October 11, 2022, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

COVID saw a huge uptick in people getting anything and everything delivered to their homes from Lattes and hamburgers to desks and laundry soap. This trend saw an explosion of delivery jobs in the public and private sectors. The cost, environmental and manpower was significant. Many companies are now looking to cut those costs and it seems autonomous delivery bots may be the way.

Forbes recently conducted an interview with the CEO of Starship Technologies, Alastair Westgarth discussing the new autonomous machine economy and its application to delivery service and higher value endeavours as well.

In the interview they discuss all sorts of delivery options. University campuses where autonomous machines deliver food to students at their convenience in an economical manner. Starship has partnered with merchants who were interested in trials and found there was almost immediately massive demand. On campus students would order their lunch on their way out of class for delivery at their next destination and students also ordered dinners o be delivered to their dorms.

In this trial the robots work in a mesh – they don’t always return to the same merchant, rather they make their deliveries from one merchant and shuttle to the next closest one that has orders ready, gets loaded up and continues its run.

The campus experiment is perfect as the space is compact and there is a young user group eager to uptake the new technology. The delivery bots can be seen in front of buildings, running up and down sidewalks, and idling while waiting to be deployed. The company has worked with users to resolve issues around sidewalk congestion and to be a good and tidy corporate citizen.

The programming of the bots is highly complex, and they are all linked to the cloud. Each robot has ‘awareness’ systems that allow them to be responsive to other users, blockages, and objects in their path. They handle payment, route planning and fleet deployment via the cloud. They required connection to the cloud although they can continue to operate for short periods if they encounter a break in cell/Wi-Fi service.

Currently the bots are operating in closed environments like industrial or academic campuses and can deliver things from supplies, parts and samples to food or other goods.

When asked about the displacement of relatively low skilled workers Starship’s CEO said he hopes that they can work together for now, and points to the ethical and moral dilemmas around the tenuous employment of many gig-economy delivery workers.

You can read the whole interview here. Have you had the opportunity to use one of these bots to deliver you goods? What was your experience from the order/customer perspective?

If you are in an accident with one of these auto delivery bots you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today at Deutschmann Personal Injury and Disability Law today.


image courtesy of Starship


Posted under Accident Benefit News

View All Posts

About Deutschmann Law

Deutschmann Law serves South-Western Ontario with offices in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Woodstock, Brantford, Stratford and Ayr. The law practice of Robert Deutschmann focuses almost exclusively in personal injury and disability insurance matters. For more information, please visit or call us toll-free at 1-519-742-7774.

It is important that you review your accident benefit file with one of our experienced personal injury / car accident lawyers to ensure that you obtain access to all your benefits which include, but are limited to, things like physiotherapy, income replacement benefits, vocational retraining and home modifications.

Practice Areas

  1. Car accidents
  2. Motorcycle accidents
  3. Automobile accident benefits
  4. Catastrophic injury
  5. Brain or Head injury
  6. Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
  7. Spinal cord injury
  8. Drunk driving accidents
  9. Concussion syndrome
  10. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  11. Slip and Fall Accidents
  12. Birth Trauma Injury
  1. Wrongful death
  2. Bicycle accidents
  3. Disability insurance claims
  4. Slip and fall injury
  5. Fractures or broken bone injury
  6. Pedestrian accidents
  7. Chronic pain
  8. Truck accidents
  9. Amputation and disfigurement
  10. Fibromyalgia
  11. Nursing Home Fatality Claims

Personal Injury Blog

Dec 08, 2022
Complaints About Uncleared and Icy Sidewalks and Crosswalks Increased Dramatically Last Winter
Dec 06, 2022
The Number of Canadians with Disabilities Continues to Increase – What Does This Mean?
Nov 30, 2022
The Top 10 Ontario Cities with Road Rage
Nov 29, 2022
Inspiring News About Treatment for SCI Allowing Patients to Walk again
Nov 28, 2022
5 Winter Hazards to Look Out For - Keep Yourself Safe
Nov 24, 2022
All Terrain Wheelchairs Are Becoming More Common in Public Places

More Personal Injury Articles » 
Review our services

Connect with us

Facebook Twitter Linkedin Youtube