Unless you’re living under a rock, you’re aware that robots are becoming more and more popular. But did you know that they’re already delivering food on the West Coast?
I know what you’re thinking, why start in a city with incredibly steep hills? Apparently, Marble’s robots are sticking to the Mission and Potrero Hill districts, which are somewhat flat and relatively tame compared to say, Lombard Street. And the robots are all currently being accompanied by someone at this point. However, the person just walks alongside the robot to ensure everything runs smoothly while the robot does all the thinking and driving.
It’s important to note that Marble’s robots do not look like delivery rovers. They reportedly take up as much space on the sidewalk as a mobility scooter and they’re taller than waist height. However, they’re able to manipulate their own height, depending on the cargo the robot is hoisting in its base. Now if only I could do that. #shortgirlproblems
These guys travel at a normal walking pace and their navigation is based on a variety of onboard sensors, lidar and maps. So how do you get one of these robots to show up at your door with dinner? I can tell you it’s a heck of a lot easier than getting your significant other to do it.
It all starts with placing an order, if the robot can make it to your location safely and carry all that you food you’re craving, you’ll most likely get a notification asking if you’d like to opt-in for robot delivery. And by all means, say yes!
This trial is limited to a certain number of robots, reportedly under 10. But Marble recently got their hands on $4 million in funding, which means you’ll probably be seeing more of these guys around.
Click here to watch a video of the robot in action.