Before the Corona epidemic, the use of robots to deliver food to customers was very limited, but the spread of the virus necessitated maintaining social distance, and instead of humans, small automated machines began to provide this service.
According to a report in the Associated Press, hundreds of tiny robots at universities in the United States and Europe are now seen approaching customers holding four large pizzas.
Sometimes they can be seen walking on the side of the road, but such a sight is relatively rare. Even so, technology experts say there will be more robots in cities over the next few decades.
Robotics companies say they have received a lot of orders during the Corona epidemic.
Starship Technologies has recently completed the delivery of 2 million meals, according to Alastair Westgarth, CEO of the company.
By 2019, the company had only 250 robots, which has now grown to more than 1,000, with hundreds more to join.
Starship Technologies is currently delivering food to 20 campuses across the United States, as well as providing roadside food.
Robots come in a variety of designs and shapes, some with four wheels and some with six, but they all have cameras, GPS and sometimes laser scanners to find their way on the sidewalk or in the street. Their speed is 5 miles per hour.
Although the operators in the office are monitoring them, they say that such a turn rarely occurs when the robots need to be protected from obstacles or brakes, these small automatic machines do their job well.
Robots need energy to move and have to be charged repeatedly, which is a major obstacle that is not being used extensively.
They also have low speeds and can operate in limited areas. Similarly, in densely populated cities, their movement is very difficult.
However, apart from colleges and universities, they are doing their job well in offices and sparsely populated areas.
According to the NDP, delivery in the United States has increased by 66 percent this year, and demand will continue to rise even after the epidemic is over, as people have become accustomed to the practice.