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Cruise can't test its self-driving cars. So it's delivering food instead.

Mashable

Cruise vehicles, the self-driving electric Chevy Bolts usually spotted around San Francisco neighborhoods, are back on the road after a brief pause during the coronavirus outbreak. And now that the fleet is considered an essential service, it's driving with even more of a purpose. The General Motors-backed autonomous car company repurposed a portion of its testing fleet in mid-April to deliver food throughout San Francisco. This shift, however, didn't require much of a change to how Cruise was operating before social distancing. Prior to the outbreak, the company's electric vehicles -- equipped with sensors and self-driving tech -- were being tested on city streets for an upcoming robotaxi service.


Are drones the future of food delivery? -- Good Algorithms

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Third Space Automation, a small technology startup with offices in London, Helsinki, and Bangalore, has partnered with a few retailers to conduct pilot tests delivering take out and groceries via AI enabled drones.


Artificial intelligence and food delivery

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Starship Technologies is taking food delivery to infinity and beyond. According to the company's website, "Starship robots are advanced devices that can carry items within a 4-mile radius. Parcels, groceries and food are directly delivered from stores, at the time that the customer requests via a mobile app. Once ordered the robots' entire journey and location can be monitored on a smartphone." In an August news release, Starship reported plans to expand its service to 100 university campuses over two years.


From Flying Cars to Drone Delivery, Smart Future Will Soon Become Reality.

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Technology has revolutionized our world and lives. It has made our lives better, faster, easier and fun. It has given us multi functional devices that have put everything at the touch of a button. From the way we communicate to the way we travel, its changing and evolving rapidly every day. Social media isn't the only big statement technology has made by making the way we connect and interact with the world.


Uber tests drone food delivery, launches new autonomous SUV

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON - Uber is testing restaurant food deliveries by drone. The company's Uber Eats unit began the tests in San Diego with McDonald's and plans to expand to other restaurants later this year. Uber says the service should decrease food delivery times. It works this way: Workers at a restaurant load the meal into a drone and it takes off, tracked and guided by a new aerospace management system. The drone then meets an Uber Eats driver at a drop-off location, and the driver will hand-deliver the meal to the customer.


How GMU students' eating habits changed when delivery robots invaded their campus

Washington Post - Technology News

In the first days after a fleet of 25 delivery robots descended on George Mason University's campus in January, school officials could only speculate about the machines' long-term impact. The Igloo cooler-sized robots from the Bay Area start-up Starship Technologies -- which were designed to deliver food on demand across campus -- appeared to elicit curious glances and numerous photos, but not much else. It was clear, officials said at the time, that more time and more data would be necessary to understand whether the robots would actually change the campus culture or become a forgettable novelty. Today, some of that data emerged for the first time. In the two months since the robots arrived at the Fairfax, Va.-based school, an extra 1,500 breakfast orders have been delivered autonomously, according to Starship Technologies and Sodexo, a company that manages food services for GMU on contract and works closely with the robots.


Food delivery apps bet big on Artificial Intelligence to boost delivery in India Tech News

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New Delhi: Driven by a surge in online food orders especially among millennials, leading food delivery platforms are embracing Artificial Intelligence (Ai) in a big way to better read fast-changing consumer behaviour, minimise errors and enhance customer experiences. According to Bengaluru-based research firm RedSeer, the Indian online food delivery market is expected to hit $4 billion by 2020 and to handle and leverage terabytes of data for delivery efficiency has led food aggregators Swiggy and Zomato bet big on AI and Machine Learning (ML). "Swiggy's mission is to bring unparalleled convenience into the lives of urban consumers. We do this by operating a three-way, hyper-local marketplace where we match consumer demand with supply from restaurants and delivery partners," Dale Vaz, Head of Engineering and Data Science, Swiggy, told IANS. "We use AI/ML across this three-way marketplace to deliver a wow customer experience, unlock business growth and drive operational efficiency," added Dale, who joined Swiggy in July last year from Amazon India.


What Are The Rules For Robots Delivering Food?

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A fleet of 25 robots started delivering Blaze custom pizzas, Starbucks lattes and Dunkin' Donuts pastries to students at George Mason University's Fairfax, Va., campus last week. But their quiet presence on campus raised an interesting question: What are the rules for robots delivering food? It turns out those guidelines, mostly involving safety and customer service, are largely unwritten. But that hasn't stopped the experts from thinking about them. Did you say robots delivering food?


Amazon unveils 'Scout' delivery bot set to roam the streets of Washington to deliver packages

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon is rolling out self-driving delivery robots. The internet giant announced Wednesday that six'Scout' robots will deliver packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington. Each Scout robot is a squat, bright blue device that gets around on six wheels. The battery-powered devices about the size of a small cooler and can deliver packages autonomously. And city or suburban dwellers don't have to worry about Scout running them over on the street, as Amazon says the robots'roll along sidewalks at a walking pace.'


George Mason students have a new dining option: Food delivered by robots

Washington Post - Technology News

At most universities, meal plans allow college students to take advantage of on-campus cafeterias or chow down at local restaurants. Now, thousands of students at George Mason University will have another dining option at their disposal: on-demand food delivery via an autonomous robot on wheels. The school has received a fleet of 25 delivery robots that can haul up to 20 pounds each as they roll across campus at four miles per hour, according to Starship Technologies, the Estonia-based robotics company that created the delivery vehicles. The company -- which claims its robots can make deliveries in 15 minutes or less -- says the Fairfax, Va.-based school is the first campus in the country to incorporate robots into its student dining plan and has the largest fleet of delivery roots on any university campus. "Students and teachers have little free time as it is, so there is a convenience for them to have their food, groceries and packages delivered to them," said Ryan Tuohy, Starship Technology's senior vice president of business development.