Just Eat reaches 1,000 UK robot deliveries

The robots use a mixture of GPS and computer vision to pinpoint locations
Industry
04/08/2017 - 07:15
Online takeaway delivery firm Just Eat has this week reached the landmark of 1,000 robot-delivered takeaways.

The milestone takeaway delivery saw a meal of Malaysian chicken satay and Singapore curry rice delivered to Southwark from Jasmine Garden.

Just Eat started its partnership with the robots’ Starship Technologies creators at the beginning of 2017.

Graham Corfield, UK managing director at Just Eat said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to our robot delivery trials and are excited to have hit our 1,000th takeaway delivery by robot. 

“We continuously look for ways to use technology to make our customers and restaurant partners’ lives easier, and delivery robots are one of the many industry-first initiatives we’ve introduced to enhance the Just Eat experience. “

Participating restaurant partners on the Just Eat platform can request that a robot makes the customer’s food delivery. 

Once the order is prepared and securely placed in the 18kg robot’s cargo hold, the customer then receives a text message to let them know that the order is on route.

When the delivery arrives at the customer's address, a text message is sent with a unique link to open the cargo hold of the robot waiting at the door.

There are now up to ten robots on the road according to Just Eat with more on-hand to cope with ‘peak’ ordering times in Southwark, south London.

Starship Technologies, set up in 2014 by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, have been tested in 80 countries across the world

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