Milton Keynes celebrates 5 years of delivery robots

Starship Technologies is celebrating five years of delivery robots in Milton Keynes.

On this day in 2018, Starship released their autonomous delivery robots onto the redways of MK.

Since then, the people of Milton Keynes have become accustomed to seeing them driving around and making deliveries and the robots can now be found in many other towns and cities across the country.

"On 14th April 2018, a Starship robot took its very first journey in Milton Keynes. Today, after five amazing years, our fleet has completed millions of autonomous deliveries, saving tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. We couldn't have achieved this without MK's support, and we're grateful to this wonderful city for allowing our robots to prove themselves to the world," a spokesperson wrote.

"Looking back at our work with local charities, or providing contactless deliveries during lockdown, or even delivering MK's bid for City Status, we've been proud to serve our loyal customers through thick and thin"

Lets take a look back at some of the times the small white robots have won the hearts of the nation so far...

After not long 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 in action, Milton Keynes had the 'world's largest autonomous robot fleet' .

The expansion is still growing four years on.

In 2020, the people of MK came together to save the robots from flooding.

Following in Newport Pagnell led to dozens of residents heading to the virtual rescue where eventually, Starship Technologies retrieved the bot.

As well as flooding, the robots have also experienced snow - IN PICTURES: Starship robots in the snow

Throughout the pandemic, the robots helped people across Milton Keynes with shopping, food deliveries and more. Bringing a bit of joy to everybody's day, the helped bring people a little bit of normality (even if they still seem crazy to outsiders).

Starship gave free delivery to NHS workers in Milton Keynes, giving residents the following message: "our little robots wanted to let you know that they're fully prepared and ready to deliver, day and night."

The robots saw the demand triple as people stayed at home.

In 2021, company behind Milton Keynes' Starship robots celebrated 1 million deliveries worldwide.

The company had over 120 robots making regular deliveries at that time.

In that year, a Milton Keynes baker paid homage to MK's famous delivery robots by creating Starship cake.

One customer contacted SweetSarah, a local cake business, requesting their very own edible bot.

Sarah, who offers a variety of sweet 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 MK even  used a Starship robot to propose to his girlfriend!

Local App Developer Ben Hogan filled a robot with rose petals and an engagement ring!

robot-proposal

You can watch the proposal here - VIDEO: Milton Keynes man uses Starship robot to propose to his girlfriend

Starships made national headlines again following the proposal, when BBC Breakfast hosts said 'Maybe it's a Milton Keynes thing' - they couldn't believe we have our shopping delivered by robots!

The pair were covering the story about the proposal and could not believe their eyes.

It was not the first time our robots gained wide coverage, they have had national and international media coverage in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, FT and many more.

The robots also had a huge part in Milton Keynes becoming a city in the past 2 years, MK's bid was actually sent to Buckingham Palace in a Starship robot!

On top of our favourite white robots, MK has also been spoilt with PumpkinBots, LuckyBots and ReindeerBots in our time, and recently, Starship released wild 'BunnyBots' into Milton Keynes ahead of Easter.

You can find out more about the Bunnybots here.

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