The mopeds of delivery drivers everywhere are set to be ousted by ‘ground drones’ that can navigate city streets by themselves.
The invasion is set to being in London next month when Starship Technologies’ delivery bots are scheduled to begin trials and in New York in spring.
The robot was invented by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis who hope their machine will be appealing for small businesses who could send up to 20lbs (9kg) of goods to local customers.
It is as yet unnamed, but Keith Cornell, Senior Adviser at Starship told MailOnline: ‘We may hold a contest and they may have multiple names. They might have personalities of their own.’
Unlike robots designed to resemble humans, Starship’s bot is purely functional with a large compartment to hold deliveries, the equivalent size of two grocery bags.