A Starship robot for takeaways
A GUIDEPOST Report
Just Eat, the world’s leading marketplace for online food delivery, and Starship Technologies have changed the face of home delivery by making the world’s first online food delivery using an automated robot in Greenwich, South East London.
Just Eat and Starship Technologies, who have designed and manufactured the pavement droid, announced in July they were working together on the first of its kind pilot program. Five months after exhaustive testing in the area, local Just Eat customers will be receiving robot deliveries. The Just Eat and Starship tandem hopes to expand across London in 2017.
Says Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director at Just Eat: “We are delighted to add robot home delivery to the Just Eat service. We have been working closely with Starship Technologies for many months to ensure that we can seamlessly integrate this exciting technology with our restaurant partners, customers and online booking service. We’re working towards a larger rollout of the pilot program across London in the New Year.”
As for Henry Harris-Burland, Marketing and Communications Manager at Starship Technologies, he says, “Our pilot program with Just Eat has now entered a new phase of development. We’re happy the local residents and businesses of Greenwich can start enjoying the benefits of robotic delivery, whilst learning together with Just Eat how to further improve the service.”
About Just Eat
Just Eat Limited is a British online food order and delivery service founded in 2001 in Kolding, Denmark, says Wikipedia. “It acts as an intermediary between independent takeaway food outlets and customers. According to their website, it is headquartered in London, England and operates in 13 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. The platform enables customers to search for local takeaway restaurants, place orders and pay online, and to choose from pick-up or delivery options.”
Just Eat plc, as headquartered in London, is the world’s leading marketplace for online food delivery. It offers a quick and efficient digital ordering service for over 15.5 million active users and over 62,800 takeaway restaurants in 13 countries.
About Starship Technologies
Starship Technologies is an Estonian company developing small self-driving robotic delivery vehicles. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with engineering operations in Tallinn, Estonia and in Helsinki, Finland. Starship has offices in London, UK, Germany, Washington, DC. In Mountain View, California, Starship Technologies is building a fleet of autonomous robots that are monitored by humans and designed to deliver goods locally within a 2-3 mile radius. Starship was launched in July 2014 by Skype founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis.
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