Haven’t we all wondered at one point of time, how if robots delivered our food, the food would get to us faster and hotter? Well, your dream might actually come true sooner than that you would have thought. There are bright chances that by the end of this year humans could have robots knocking at their doors with their delivery packets. On a mission to make this possible is, Just Eat, Europe’s biggest online takeaway food company.
The company has recently delivered its first take away via its delivery robot to a customer residing in Greenwich. The delivery marked the launch of Just Eat’s pilot project that involves transporting food all around the city by employing autonomous vehicles.
It was only in July this year that the food company had announced about its partnership with Starship Technologies, the firm behind the slow moving pavement droids, and its plans to make delivering food via robots on the London streets, a reality soon.
Founded in the year 2014, Starship Technologies is an Estonian company created by former Skype co-founder Janus Friis and developer Ahti Heinla.
The robot courier, which is a six-wheel automated trolley, is capable of traveling up to 4 mph for roughly 10 miles. It makes use of nine cameras and a GPS signal in order to navigate smoothly and avoid any obstacles on its way to work. In addition to all this, it is also closely monitored remotely at all the time. The robot can easily carry up to 10 kgs weight or a weight equivalent of 3 shopping bags.
Currently, only live in Greenwich, the food company plans to extend its wings and roll out delivery robots for entire London by next year. In the long term, this can massively impact the number of human delivery people employed by the restaurants. While the courier robots cost around £1 per delivery within a 3 mile radius, human couriers, on the other hand, end up costing anywhere between £3 to £6 per delivery.
While for now, the app does not give its customers a choice to have a robot deliver their food, but if a robot is on its way, they’re immediately alerted in the application. And don’t you worry, the robot will not giveaway you’re food on the way to reach you. Starship’s robots only unlock with a code sent to the customers’ phone.
[Images credit: T3.com and Getty Images]