Starship Technologies is partnering with Veriff to enable the delivery of age-restricted goods. The start-up will specifically be using Veriff’s technology to confirm the identities of customers when they try to retrieve their goods from a Starship robot.
Starship itself was founded in 2014 by a pair of Skype Co-founders, and currently performs a service similar to that of dining apps like Deliveroo and Skip the Dishes. People are able to order food through the Starship Food Delivery app, and Starship will pick up the food and deliver it to a desired location.
The catch is that those deliveries are carried out by autonomous delivery robots rather than human employees. Instead of entering an address, customers drop a pin on their map and the robot makes its way to that exact location. The robot is locked when it arrives, but the customer that placed the order can go through the app to verify their identity, unlock the food compartment, and gain access to their goods.
The partnership with Veriff will add an extra layer of biometric security to the Starship service, and allow the company to include age-restricted goods like alcohol in their deliveries. To that end, Veriff’s identity verification will be integrated into the Starship app, which is available for Android and iOS devices.
“Veriff is always seeking out organizations delivering new era solutions that truly push the boundaries of technology in our daily lives, and Starship is an excellent example,” said Veriff Co-Founder and CPO Janer Gorohhov. “We’re thrilled to partner with Starship to provide our unmatched identity verification capabilities ensuring safety and proper age verification to be in place for restricted products.”
At the moment, Starship only offers delivery service in the UK, though it has now completed more than two million deliveries and crosses more than 100,000 roads on a daily basis. Customers can monitor their delivery progress through the smartphone app.
Veriff, meanwhile, launched a Face Match solution that matches a selfie to the image on a photo ID in April of 2021. The company has since provided selfie-based onboarding services for the Deel hiring and payroll platform.