Uber Eats To Launch Food Delivery Robots In Japan
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How many of you have had a midnight craving, but neither were you in the mood to cook nor was any restaurant delivering at that hour? Every once in a while, most people lie back and think how easy and convenient things would be if robots just did it for them. Reportedly, some sci-fi movie plots might be coming to life with Uber Eats’ latest announcement.

Reports suggest that Uber Eats, along with Mitsubishi Electric and autonomous robotics startup, Cartken, are all set to launch food delivery robots in Japan by the end of March. Instead of human beings, robots will be walking in the streets of Japan, delivering fresh food to people’s doorsteps, marking a huge step towards revolutionising the food-tech industry. 

What Are These Food Delivery Robots?

Uber Eats, a well-known brand in the food industry, is reportedly using Cartken’s self-driven robot, or Model C, to get food delivered in Japan. While it addresses issues like labour shortage, it is no surprise that the technically evolved Japan was the first to revolutionise the delivery system. Putting Artificial Intelligence and computer vision to good use, these robots will be able to travel at a speed of 5.3 kilometres per hour, as addressed by an Uber spokesperson. 

To ensure that the food reaching the people remains hot and fresh, the robots are fitted with an insulated cargo bin. Not only this, but they have also been trained to follow traffic rules, give way to pedestrians, detect and avoid any obstacles in the way, and much more. The step also takes the world closer to an eco-friendly environment where the number of emissions of vehicles will be reduced and a greener and cleaner atmosphere could be observed.

What’s In It For The People?

The food-delivering robots are made for the people, keeping in mind their needs, convenience, and the environment.

24/7 Deliveries: Unlike humans, robots don’t rest. They can work 24/7 and deliver food even at odd hours like 3 AM when the midnight cravings kick in.

Faster Execution: There comes a scope of error when humans do the work, but robots are trained for perfection. While a food delivery person can get stuck in traffic or take ages to find the right address, a robot takes care of such issues. Robots can skip through the traffic, travel through narrower streets, and get to the right address faster with fresher and warmer food.

Eco-Friendly: While the food delivery bikes emit smoke and fumes, as per reports, Uber Eats’ robots take a step towards sustainability.