British consumer co-operative Co-op has extended partnership with self-driving robotic delivery vehicles provider Starship Technologies.

As part of this partnership, Co-op plans to extend autonomous home deliveries using as many as 300 of Starship’s robots.

The service is currently available from eight of Co-op’s stores in and around Milton Keynes.

It will be available in Northampton to offer contactless deliveries to around 5,000 households.

Co-op eCommerce head Chris Conway said: “We continue to look for new ways to innovate and expand access to our products and services to deliver a truly compelling offer for consumers.

“Our partnership with Starship enables Co-op to offer further availability, flexibility and choice to meet community shopping needs for on-demand convenience.

“We have seen big changes in eCommerce this year with new customers using the channel that have never used it before and seeing the benefits.

“Offering quality and value quickly, easily and conveniently is core to Co-op’s approach – delivering what our Members and customers want, when and where they need it.”

Co-op partnered with Starship Technologies in early 2018 and became the first convenience retailer to use same-day robot deliveries in the UK.

Starship Technologies’ robots have already completed over 500,000 commercial autonomous deliveries across five countries.

In addition to the autonomous delivery, the retailer revealed plans to expand its same-day online and click and collect grocery service to more than 1,000 stores by the end of this year.

Recently, Canadian food retailer Loblaw entered into a multi-year partnership with Gatik for the deployment of autonomous delivery vehicles fleet.