"Robots are delivering food to your door"
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Robots are delivering food to your door
What can now [UNKNOWN], has fixed wheels and is bringing a fresh burrito to your door?
A food delivery robot of course.
Inside this Starship bot is a meal ordered through DoorDash.
It's coming soon to a sidewalk near you.
As long as that sidewalk is in Redwood City, California.
When you place an order, the robot springs to life and navigates to the restaurant.
An employee puts the food inside, and closes the hatch, sending it on its way.
At the other end, you get a text message with a link saying your order is being delivered.
And when your order arrives, you unlock the hatch with a button on screen.
Each Stashitbot has nine cameras and ultrasonic sensors for obstacle detection.
They can travel as fast as ten miles an hour, but are limited to four miles an hour for now.
There's even a special mode that lets the the robot cross the road safely.
Human handlers will keep an eye on the bots during deliveries in its pilot phase.
But the idea is they'll be almost fully autonomous in the future.
I followed the bot around on a delivery run, and passersby thought it was pretty cute.
But what if someone tries to steal your meal?
The robots only weigh 40 pounds, so if you're really hungry, or strong, you could try and swipe it from the curb.
You know what we've build in are kind of a variety of theft preventions, for example we have cameras, we have GPS tracking, we have two-way audio.
So if there's any tampering with the robot, theft attempts, your robot will immediately notify a human operator, who can take control of the robot, speak to the vandal, or request police assistance.
DoorDash says, it's using robots on shorter routes that their delivery humans, called Dashers, tend to avoid.
To our robot food delivery overlords, I salute you and I'll have a pizza.
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