Robot shopping delivery service launched in Leeds

Looks like Yorkshire is about to jump into the year 3000 with these new grocery delivery robots, which should become a familiar sight on the streets of these Leeds suburb.

Leeds City Council has partnered with Cooperative and Starship Technologies to bring autonomous grocery delivery to the streets of Leeds. . Globally, robots undertake 140,000 road crossings every day.

20,000 residents will be able to use the service in the Adel and Tinshill area of ​​Leeds. Groceries are picked fresh from a local co-op on Spen Lane and Otley Road before being delivered quickly and easily to your door.

Credit: Leeds City Council/ Co-op

Residents can place orders through the Starship food delivery app, which can be downloaded through your mobile phone’s app store where they can select a range of grocery items, schedule delivery and drop a pin where they want it delivered.

Delivery charges start from 99p and are the first extension to the North of England. The program has been successfully tested in Milton Keynes, Bedford, Northampton, Cambourne and more recently in Cambridge. The robots have saved around 1.1 million car journey kilometers and reduced CO2 emissions by 445 tonnes since their introduction.

They are powered by renewable electricity with an average delivery for a robot using the same amount of energy as boiling a kettle to make a cup of tea. Moving at 4 mph, the battery-powered robots are equipped with sensors and AI, and machine learning makes them capable of traversing sidewalks to people’s homes.

Credit: Leeds City Council/ Co-op

Chris Conway, Director of E-Commerce at Co-op, said, “Co-op is committed to exploring new and innovative ways to increase access to its products and services. Our members and clients lead full lives. Ease, speed and convenience are therefore the cornerstone of our approach.

“Co-operative stores are well placed to provide fast home deliveries to communities with fresh produce picked from our local stores – whether it’s a full grocery store or for those last-minute refills, treats for the evenings at home or forgotten items. We are delighted to expand into Yorkshire to provide flexible, fast and convenient online options for shoppers in our communities.

Councilor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for infrastructure and climate, said: ‘As a council, we are absolutely committed to providing alternative and sustainable methods of transport to help achieve our goal of becoming zero. net by 2030. We are trying to reduce the number of short trips made by car, including those made by delivery vehicles. I’m really excited about the launch of this pilot, which will be tested for three months in North West Leeds.

“Since the pandemic, we have seen a huge increase in the number of home deliveries. This pilot project will be transformative and provide an alternative home delivery offering that will particularly benefit residents with reduced mobility or those facing other challenges that make it difficult to access local facilities. I encourage residents of Adel and Tinshill to give their thoughts on the delivery robots during the pilot by visiting the council’s survey on

Alastair Westgarth, CEO of Starship Technologies, added: “We are delighted to bring the benefits of autonomous delivery to the residents of Leeds. This is our first significant expansion in the North of England, and we are confident the robots will have a positive impact in terms of actively reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions, while providing ease and convenience to local communities. .

“Our robots have been widely welcomed within the community in all areas where we operate, and we are confident that they will also be adopted in Leeds. We look forward to working closely with Leeds City Council and Co-operative and hope to extend our service to other parts of Leeds and the wider Yorkshire area in the near future.

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Feature Image Credit: Leeds City Council/Co-op

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