Pizza delivery could be the next job to be replaced by machines, as self-driving robots begin delivering meals and packages in Europe.
Estonian company Starship, started by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, are behind the robotic delivery drones. The cutesy wheeled carts will deliver packages from courier Hermes, shopping from retailer Metro Group, and food from Just Eat and Pronto. Trials start this month in London, followed by Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Bern.
The six-wheeled robots drive autonomously while being monitored by human operators back in a control centre. The robots detect and dodge pedestrians on the way, and when they arrive you unlock the tasty cargo by tapping on your phone.
Earlier this year pizza chainprototype pizza delivery robots, while Amazon is planning . It's not yet clear how you tip this new generation of delivery droids. Maybe with a glob of axle grease?