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Delivery robots will be on Dubai’s road in a pilot program

by Dubaiforum

We will likely see more and more robots on Dubai’s streets, delivering hot meals to hungry customers.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority, and online food ordering company Talabat are launching the talabots, the food delivery robots, in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Three talabots will be put on the roads in a gated community called Cedre Villas in Dubai Silicon Oasis to serve the residents there. They will travel within a three-kilometer radius of the Cedre Shopping Center to ensure a speedy 15-minute delivery time. While the talabots are equipped with high-tech such as precise built-in sensors and algorithms that help them navigate and maintain a safe distance from children and pets, they are not equipped with facial recognition detection. This will help safeguard customers’ identities.

Customers will be able to track the robots’ itineraries and be notified through the Talabat app when the order arrives. Upon the robot’s arrival, customers can unlock the secure compartment.

This project aligns with Dubai’s goal of switching 25 percent of all transport to smart and driverless modes by 2030.

Several companies have already begun testing takeaway delivery robots in various cities around the world. For example, in 2016, the company Just Eat partnered with Starship Technologies to launch a pilot program in London, where customers could order food from select restaurants for delivery by a robot. In the United States, the company Postmates has also begun testing delivery robots in select markets.

Challenges to the widespread adoption of takeaway delivery robots include the need to ensure that they are safe and reliable, particularly in heavily trafficked areas, and the potential theft or damage to the robots, which can be expensive to repair or replace.

Despite these challenges, takeaway delivery robots still have great potential. They are an intriguing solution to the growing demand for food delivery services. As technology continues to evolve and improve, it is likely that we will see more and more robots on our streets, delivering hot meals to hungry customers.


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