Grubhub and Yandex bring autonomous deliveries to US college campuses

Grubhub is teaming up with Russian tech giant Yandex to deliver food to students and others on US college campuses with the help of autonomous robots. The companies have agreed a multi-year partnership, and the robots will start dropping off orders on select campuses this fall. Grubhub works with more than 250 colleges across the country.https://www.youtube.com/embed/sJk6Fl-4bn0?rel=0 Yandex says its robots can …

A Whopping 91% Of US Restaurants Will Invest In Kitchen Automation, Says Survey

The virus pandemic did not change the trajectory of where the restaurant industry was headed, but it did force years of change in a short period. Restaurants are embracing artificial intelligence and automation to revolutionize their business models.  A new report via payments company Square titled “Future of Restaurants” discusses an overview of how technology is …

DoorDash acquires food robotics company Chowbotics

US food delivery service DoorDash has announced its acquisition of Chowbotics, the creator of a fresh food and salad robot, as it looks to explore how automation can support the growth of restaurants. While the companies did not disclose the terms of the deal, Chowbotics was valued at $46 million in 2018, according to data firm PitchBook. Chowbotics …

Food delivery robots to arrive in Sacramento: What you need to know

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The city of Sacramento announced Tuesday it plans to bring food delivery robots to town as part of a pilot program with company Kiwi Campus, Inc. The service works much like other food delivery companies, such as DoorDash, Grubhub and Postmates. But, instead of a person delivering the food, a robot drops it off …

DoorDash acquires autonomous driving startup Scotty Labs

DoorDash  has been on an acquisition tear of late, with Scotty Labsas its latest target. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this comes after DoorDash acquired Caviar in a deal worth $410 million. Scotty Labs,  a tele-operations company that is working on technology to enable people to remotely control self-driving cars, raised a $6 million seed round from …

Uber Eats will test drone delivery in San Diego this summer

As the second day of the Uber Elevate summit kicked off in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, the transportation company unveiled an important update about the future of your burgers and fries. Uber Eats will begin testing food drone delivery in San Diego, CA this summer. The first food partner for the test is McDonald’s, but the program will …

Self-driving delivery van startup Gatik AI comes out of stealth with Walmart partnership

Gatik AI,  an autonomous vehicle startup that came out of stealth Thursday with $4.5 million in funding and Walmart  as a customer, is aiming for the sweet middle spot in the world of logistics. The company, which operates out of Palo Alto and Toronto, isn’t deploying autonomous delivery bots built for sidewalks, nor is it aiming for self-driving …

Kiwi’s food delivery bots are rolling out to 12 more colleges

If you’re a student at UC Berkeley, the diminutive rolling robots from Kiwi are probably a familiar sight by now, trundling along with a burrito inside to deliver to a dorm or apartment building. Now students at a dozen more campuses will be able to join this great, lazy future of robotic delivery as Kiwi expands …

FedEx partners with Walmart, Pizza Hut to test last-mile delivery robot

(Reuters) – FedEx Corp this summer plans to begin testing a robot to handle home deliveries for partners ranging from Walmart Inc to Pizza Hut. Shippers, retailers and restaurants are experimenting with robots, drones and self-driving cars in a bid to use automation to drive down the high cost of delivering gadgets, groceries and even …

Starship deploys autonomous delivery bots on a college campus

Starship,  an autonomous delivery robot startup, is deploying its first batch of robots as part of a commercial service. Starting today, Starship will begin delivering food to the 40,000 students, faculty and staff at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.  in partnership with Sodexo, a food and facilities management company. Starship says the deliveries take 15 …