Milton Keynes celebrates 4 years of delivery robots – MKFM 106.3FM
Starship Technologies is celebrating four years of delivery robots in Milton Keynes.
On this day in 2018, Starship launched its autonomous delivery robots onto the red lanes of MK.
Since then, the people of Milton Keynes have grown accustomed to seeing them driving and making deliveries.
Let’s take a look at some of the times little white robots have captured the hearts of the nation so far…
After a short time in Milton Keynes the robots took part in the MKFM Community Challenge, the robots helped by collecting donations for MK Food Bank from a local secondary school.
After two years of action, Milton Keynes had “the largest fleet of autonomous robots in the world”.
The expansion continues to grow four years later.
In 2020, the people of MK came together to save the robots from the floods.
Following Newport Pagnell led dozens of residents towards virtual rescue where eventually Starship Technologies recovered the bot.
In addition to the floods, the robots have also experienced snow – IN PICTURES: Spaceship robots in the snow
Throughout the pandemic, robots have helped people in Milton Keynes shop, deliver food and more. Bringing a bit of joy into everyone’s day, they’ve helped bring people a bit of normalcy (even if they still seem crazy to outsiders).
Starship offered free delivery to NHS workers in Milton Keynes, giving residents the following message: “Our little robots wanted to let you know they are fully prepared and ready to deliver, day and night”.
Robots saw demand triple as people stayed home.
In 2021, the company behind Milton Keynes’ Starship robots celebrated 1 million deliveries worldwide.
The company then had more than 120 robots making regular deliveries.
That year, a Milton Keynes baker paid homage to MK’s famous delivery robots by creating a Starship cake.
A customer contacted SweetSarah, a local cake company, asking for their own edible robot.
Sarah, who offers a variety of treats, happily accepted the challenge and spent around 11 hours putting it all together, you can see the amazing cake here.
In 2021, a local MP even used a Starship robot to propose to his girlfriend!
Local app developer Ben Hogan has filled a robot with rose petals and an engagement ring!
You can watch the marriage proposal here – VIDEO: Milton Keynes man uses Starship robot to propose to his girlfriend
Spaceships again made national headlines after the proposal, when BBC Breakfast hosts said ‘Maybe it’s a Milton Keynes thing’ – they couldn’t believe our races were being delivered by robots !
The couple covered the proposal story and couldn’t believe their eyes.
This wasn’t the first time our robots got extensive media coverage, they got national and international media coverage in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, FT and many more.
Along with our favorite white bots, MK has also been spoiled with PumpkinBots, LuckyBots and ReindeerBots in our time, recently Starship launched some wild “BunnyBots” in Milton Keynes ahead of Easter.
You can learn more about Bunnybots here.
Starship Technologies took to Facebook to say: “Four years ago on this day we celebrated the launch of our autonomous robotic delivery service in Milton Keynes! Since then we have been involved in countless robo – selfies, special deliveries and even memorable celebrations.
“What a trip it’s been, so thank you Milton Keynes for making every delivery extra special.”