Just Eat to trial delivery robots in London

Just Eat to trial delivery robots in London

Just Eat is set to launch a ground-breaking trial across the capital which will see the company delivering takeaway food via robots.

The company is partnering with Starship Technologies to trial the self-driving delivery robots on the streets of London.

The testing programme is expected to begin within the next few months and further details of the restaurants taking part in the trial will be announced shortly.

Starship Technologies, established in 2014 by the co-founders of Skype, has developed the robots to deliver food, packages and goods to consumers within a short radius of their point of origin. Customers will be sent a secure code to access their meals from the robots once they arrive.

Fernando Fanton, chief product and technology officer at Just Eat, said: “This is another example of how we are pushing technology boundaries to provide our customers and restaurant partners with more choice and flexibility.

“We’ve always been committed to offering our customers new ways to order and pay for their food and now we’re right at the heart of a new way of delivering food which is as exciting for us as it will be for those who find a robot on their doorstep.”

The robots are designed to drive autonomously while being monitored by human operators in control centres who can take over at any time.

The trials announced today come as Just Eat is preparing to enhance the customer experience further by launching an industry-first group ordering experience on Apple TV, and its first smart TV app, initially with Amazon Fire TV.

 

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