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The next time you order Chick-fil-A, a robot may make the delivery.
Robotic delivery service Kiwibot has partnered with Chick-fil-A to test the semi-autonomous delivery service at one of its locations in Santa Monica, California.
On Tuesday, Kiwibot unveiled its latest model of delivery robot, which features new cameras, lights, and modular features, as well as a screen with an animated face.
The company also announced that it has partnered with Segway for manufacturing and added a new delivery service for Shopify-operated businesses in Los Angeles, San Jose, Miami, Pittsburgh and Detroit.
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A spokesman for Chick-fil-A declined to comment on the pilot, but it is reportedly only under preliminary review at one location.
Kiwibot said its “robots”, which can maneuver around obstacles such as people and vehicles, but are also assisted remotely by human supervisors to help them cross streets, have already made more than 150,000 food deliveries using 400 robots .
Kiwibot deliveries take an average of 30 minutes and cost $ 1.99 – less than the fees charged by many food delivery platforms. The Kiwibots can make deliveries up to a mile away.
In a statement, Felipe Chavez Cortés, CEO and co-founder of Kiwibot, said the company plans to “deploy tens of thousands of adorable robots”. The company plans to build the world’s largest fleet of robots.
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Autonomous delivery is a growing trend for restaurant chains. The Kiwibot news came just a day after Domino announced it was testing driverless delivery with autonomous vehicle maker Nuro at a Houston location. Earlier this year, Philadelphia International Airport announced that it had launched an autonomous delivery service for passengers.