Food delivery in Asia could be led by robots in the future, as companies in Japan and China begin trials for indoor food delivery robots, according to CNBC.
Meituan Dianping, China’s biggest food delivery company, is testing its unmanned robots in about 10 offices and hotels in cities such as Beijing and Shenzhen, said the company’s head of autonomous delivery unit, Xia Huaxia, at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in China in August.
He said Meituan’s robot can move through a multi-story building and deliver orders to the customer’s doorstep, however a human deliveryman is still needed to bring the food to the building
In 2017, Japan was the world’s top producer of industrial robots, CNBC said.
Tokyo-based robot maker ZMP has developed and tested a food delivery robot in universities and apartment complexes.
These machines can navigate in office buildings, apartments and universities to independently bring food to customers via lift or stairs.
In the United States, self-driving robots are already delivering food to university students, CNBC reported.