Why your next UPS driver might be an ugly robot on wheels

If you’re the kind of person who really likes chatting with the mail carrier, Dispatch won’t be your favorite startup. That’s because the four-person South San Francisco company is working on technology that could replace postal workers; UPS and FedEx drivers; Instacart couriers; and anyone else who gets paid to bring you stuff. Instead, you might be dealing with a 3-foot-tall, 150-pound, battery-powered roving robot that looks like a little dumpster on wheels. Called Carry, the device uses artificial intelligence, five cameras and a laser to navigate on sidewalks around pedestrians, flaming hoverboards and any other obstacles to get packages to your door. The only places you’ll find Carry today are on two California college campuses, where it’s still being tested. So, the complete automation of delivering stuff might not…


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