Robots have been the bad guys in science fiction, but they are now a common sight in many cities. Starship Technologies’ robots are working together with stores and restaurants to improve local delivery by using mobile technology.

Cristiane Bonifacio was following a tiny orange flag that was being waved close to a row of low garden walls. She was glad to see the white, six-wheeled robot with the flag on top slowing and stopping. She had just taken a large chocolate bar from the moving robot outside her house. Amber Case is an expert on how technology affects daily life and how people and robots interact. Starship Technologies’ robot delivery service has been growing since it was introduced in Milton Keynes four years ago.

When you see one, you will not feel a science-fiction reaction: “Oh no! It’s a robot! ” It is a cute little street character that will make your day better.