Hermes Germany and the Estonian start-up, Starship Technologies, agreed Friday in Hamburg to co-operate on testing robots for delivery services. The first joint test is to be carried out this summer. However, the location of the tests has yet to decided. A recent video showed the Metro Group’s robot at work in the company.
Logistics partner in Germany
Frank Rausch, CEO of Hermes Germany, said: “The use of robots for delivering small packages and packets especially in urban spaces could revolutionise the service.” Hermes is to offer Starship Technologies support with infrastructure and in financial terms. The start-up has offices in Tallinn and London and was founded in 2014 by Janus Friis und Ahti Heinla, the co-founders of Skype.
Hermes packet shop to become “robot hub”
The robot developed by Starship Technologies is a six-wheel vehicle and runs on electricity at maximum speeds of six kilometres per hour. The robot is 50 cms in height, 70 cms in length and can transport packages weighing 15 kilogrammes at the most. The robots will be deployed from a hub such as a Hermes packet shop, where vehicles are loaded and recharged, in a five-kilometre radius.