You’re a university scholar within the US. You had a tough night time learning or partying and all you possibly can take into consideration is meals. Of course, you’re too drained to prepare dinner, so that you’ll simply order.But as a substitute of greeting your favourite supply man on the door, you discover a cute little robotic cuddling your meal.
At least, that’s the idea Russian self-driving startup Yandex and the Grubhub meals app need to make actuality.
The two corporations have teamed-up and announced on Tuesday that, later this fall, they’ll be rolling out meals supply companies by autonomous robots at choose campuses.
Yandex, which may clumsily be described as Russia’s Google, will function the robots and deal with the complete meals supply course of. Grubhub, which has partnerships with over 250 faculty campuses within the US, will function the platform for the supply transactions.
The supply course of is claimed to be quite simple. Once the rover approaches its closing vacation spot, a notification will pop on the Grubhub app. Then, to get your meal, you simply unlock the bot’s hatch through the app and seize your grub
The Russian tech big stated that its supply rovers share the identical know-how with the company’s autonomous cars. They’re additionally designed in such a manner that allows them to “navigate pavements, pedestrian areas, and crosswalks, and reach campus areas not accessible by car.”
Well, that every one sounds fairly cool, however what’s the catch?
Although the businesses didn’t disclose the monetary phrases of their partnership, Grubhub famous that the potential profit could be saving prices… by reducing down on the supply staff.
So there you could have it, the important dilemma: automation vs. human workforce. Yes, robots are out for our jobs, however they’ll additionally make our lives simpler.
Yandex and Grubhub could have A LOT of competitors
Ethics apart, the US in on the verge of the “short-bot” revolution, and Yandex’s autonomous supply rover isn’t the primary of its sort.
There’s Amazon’s six-wheeled delivery robot:
Here’s the Starship, one other autonomous six-wheeler:
And Nuro’s bot:
So sure, the US is coming into the period of the lunch-, dinner-, grocery-mini bots, and who is aware of what’s coming subsequent. It’s positively thrilling to see how autonomous automobiles will develop into a part of our lives, however let’s not neglect people throughout this transition.
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