Thursday, December 09, 2021

Robot Food Delivery Is Here and Growing


Hundreds of little robots are rolling around colleges and cities in the United States, Britain and elsewhere. The robots, about 50 centimeters tall, are bringing food like pizza to hungry students.

The robots were being tested in limited numbers before the pandemic started. But pandemic-related worker shortages and a desire for contactless delivery have expanded their use.

The robots use cameras, sensors and GPS to move around and even cross streets on their own at the speed of 8 kilometers per hour. When a robot arrives, people enter a code from their phones to open the robot and get their food.

Data company NPD found that U.S. food delivery orders increased 66 percent for the year ending in June. And delivery demand could remain high even after the pandemic because people have gotten used to the service.