Possibly they were held up by highwaybots
Can't wait for the Brit version of the delivery vehicle. Will it be Thomas the Tank Engine or Postman Pat? Wait, Trotter's Independent Traders! It'll save on tyres.
Trundlebots are still encountered on the streets of Milton Keynes.
I would so love to see a trundle-bot try to deliver anything to me, 2 km of pot holed track that a 4x4 Jeep can barely get down (and that's when it's dry) only to be greeted by several large dogs trained to molest anything larger than a rabbit.
I can picture them now, all huddled together on the edge of the main road egging each other on to be the first to brave the journey like a bunch of school kids in a playground fight.
We'd have had delivery robots by now, but they were scheduled to be delivered....by delivery robots!
Downtowns of cities have bicycle couriers, because they are fast.
There is no demand for delivery robots, because they are slow.
Frog-bots: Will they burn stuff in the street, or will they be the ones getting torched. We need to know!!!
I have an observation regarding occupation of public paths and pavements.
It doesn't seem to matter how wide the path is, any number of pedestrians/cyclists/e-scooters/bikes/skateboards/chariots/delivery bots etc. will occupy the whole width rendering passing awkward for the passer. Curiously, even a lone traveller seems to expand to fit the width available.
Perhaps this explains why we are enthralled by marching folk (especially bands) who turn and interweave in perfect time although I suspect we are also waiting for the moment when synchronicity is lost and the situation descends into farce.
Bots have appeared in Sale, Manchester. Not yet hunting down and killing all humans though...
That has to be the most bizarre (and exhausting) music video I've seen.
- Appearances lead you to expect K-Pop and suddenly you're balls deep in Metal 😳
- Lyrics that read like they came from Google translate _via_ Google translate from another language where _surely_ they made sense, right?
- and lyrics that _sound_ like the singers had absolutely no idea what the words meant in English anyway (if it hadn't been for the subtitles I would never have had the vaguest idea it was even "English")
Having said all that, it wasn't all bad. Probably one of the least offensive thrash songs I've heard 😝
I live in MK and use Starship quite often. I find them incredibly handy. MK's redways and cycleways mean the little bots can easily get around without much fuss.
They're in Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge, Northampton and MK in the UK as far a I'm aware. But they're huge in the US on the university campuses.
Last month the bots ticked over the 10 million kilometres driven mark - that's pretty impressive.
Spoke to one of the rescue techies the other day while he was changing a battery on one of them. They have no issues with theft or vandalism at all, the worst they get is people popping stickers on them as they trundle past.
That Zipline thing looks very cool. But will it spawn a need for a garden table marked, not with H for helipad, but Z? Oh but that might accidentally get targeted by a Ukrainian drone out on a hunt ..... let Drone Wars commence!
Amazon must have a huge turnover of van drivers, so the trundlebots must have seemed a Good Idea.
There are no such around here, but we have at least two of their van drivers a week (and a couple from other brands too) asking for directions to two neighbouring houses, whose occupants appear to spend a fortune online. Few of their drivers have any memory of previous visits.
We often packages abandoned on our doorstep, and many of these have the address partially obscured by some random Amazon-applied sticker. Working out the correct recipient from the last letter of their surname is not an ideal procedure.
Here's a radical idea for you.
Trundlebots which were filled by the Post Office which then went to strategic locations and waited for people to come and collect and/or deposit items.
They could be called ...
I thought the USA had already air drones for delivery of packages?
With extensive field testing in the Middle East over the last 20 years or so?
39 comments so far to a post about delivery bots without a single mention of The Luggage? And he even put the trailer for Going Postal at the end? I am disappointed in you all. Shame.
GNU Terry Pratchett
The speed of those things, I don't think that they will be too hot at delivering burgers, pizzas or coffee!