Self-driving delivery vehicles may be getting closer to becoming a reality, but Ford believes there's one leg of the process that could be further solved by robots. The auto giant has partnered with startup Agility Robotics to create a two-legged robot called'Digit' that can ferry packages to your doorstep. It solves a problem generated by self-driving delivery vehicles, which is that if there's no humans in the driver's seat that can drop off a package, autonomous robots can pick up the slack. 'It's not always convenient for people to leave their homes to retrieve deliveries or for businesses to run their own delivery services,' Ken Washington, chief technology officer at Ford, wrote in a blog post. 'If we can free people up to focus less on the logistics of making deliveries, they can turn their time and effort to things that really need their attention.
Pizza delivery has become a cutting-edge business: Pizza Hut, for example, recruited Pepper the Robot in 2016 to take customer orders. The company also recently paired up with Toyota on self-driving delivery vehicles. Meanwhile, Little Caesars has patented a pizza-making robot, and Domino's has conducted drone deliveries. Ultimately, the technical innovations are all about a simple goal, Chuck Rhoades, director of e-commerce infrastructure at Pizza Hut, said to ZDNet: "To get our customers their food when it is hot, get it to them fast, and be reliable in doing that." To achieve that mission, Pizza Hut in 2017 moved from bare metal infrastructure to a hybrid cloud model, leveraging public cloud services from both Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services.
Make way for more robots bearing lattes and doughnuts for college students. Starship Technologies has a fleet of 25 mini robots descending upon the George Mason University campus, in Fairfax, Virginia, on Tuesday. The bots will deliver food and drinks to the 40,000 students, faculty, and staff. The first retailers to bring hungry college kids supplies are Starbucks, Blaze Pizza, and Dunkin'. The food and beverages come in what looks like a white cooler on six wheels.
Robots can already complete a wide variety of tasks for their human overlords, but they may soon be about to conquer the final frontier: making pizzas. As first reported by ZDNet, Little Caesars has received a new patent for an "automated pizza assembly system," or what is essentially a robot that makes pizza. SEE ALSO: Pizza Hut vs. Domino's vs. Papa John's: Trash Pizza, ranked The patent describes it as "a robot including a stationary base and an articulating arm having a gripper attached to the end is operable to grip a pizza pan having pizza dough therein." Little Caesars' patented robot from the side. The robot will then rotate the pizza pan through "the cheese spreading station" and the "pepperoni applying station."