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Takeaway meal service enlists delivery drones for London trial

UK food delivery platform, Just Eat, has partnered with Starship Technologies to trial self-driving delivery robots on the streets of London.

Starship Technologies, established in 2014 by the co-founders of Skype, develops six-wheeled robots to deliver food, packages and goods to consumers within a short distance of their point of origin. Customers are sent a secure code to access their delivery from the robots once they arrive.

The company says since launched at the end of last year, “the robots have already driven close to 5,000 miles and met over 400,000 people without a single accident, using cameras, sensors and other technology to navigate their way through urban streets.”

The trials, announced this week, will commence in the next few months delivering takeaway meals order from the Just Eat platform.

“As soon as we met the Starship team, we found their passion for their product infectious,” said David Buttress, CEO of Just Eat. “With scalable innovation at the core of their business, they are the perfect partner for us at Just Eat as we continuously look for sustainable ways to use technology to make our customers’ and restaurant partners lives easier. We can’t wait to bring the delivery robots to local high streets very soon.”

Closer to home, Domino’s is progressing with a trial of its autonomous delivery robot, DRU, which will also used as the pizza maker’s version of Siri.

“All AI [artificial intelligence] interaction Domino’s customers are set to experience with Domino’s will be with DRU as he takes up residence at the pizza headquarters,” Domino’s announced last month.

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