Segway enters sidewalk robot delivery market with Coco deal


In this special edition of its 5 Things series, Food Management highlights five recent technological developments affecting the restaurant world.

Here’s your list for today:

  1. Segway enters the sidewalk robot delivery market

Electric scooter maker Segway partners with delivery robot startup Coco to build 1,000 partially automated and remotely piloted sidewalk robots that will begin rolling out in Los Angeles and two other U.S. cities in the first quarter of 2022 Segway has been doing robotics R&D for years and even formed a dedicated division in 2016, when it unveiled its Loomo robot, but the partnership with Coco is the first time the company has rolled out its “platforms”. large-scale robotic moving forms’ for delivery.

Read more: Segway makes first foray into sidewalk robot delivery with Coco’s partnership

  1. Cookie robot increases sandwich shop offerings

A new Smart Cookie cookie-making robot from supplier RoboChef has started producing at Dipwich sandwich shop in Huntsville, Ala., A concept owned by former Levy Restaurants COO Bill Post, who is also a RoboChef advisor. At the restaurant, the Smart Cookie unit produces up to 60 cookies per hour, fulfilling orders that customers place remotely, where they can have a royal chocolate, sugar cookie or lemon cooler and personalize it with six toppings. dries and either chocolate drizzled. or caramel for a total of 160 possible variations.

Read more: A cookie robot exudes that new cookie scent in Huntsville, Alabama

  1. Pitt Engages With Fifth Season Robot Farm

Pitt Eats of the University of Pittsburgh recently partnered with a robotic farming business Fifth Season, which grows green vegetables like spinach and lettuce in a specially organized biodome in Braddock, just outside Pittsburgh. Pitt joins Carnegie Mellon and Ohio State University as a campus to which Fifth Season brings fresh vegetables and food to mess halls and restaurants on campus. Pitt uses fifth season greens in most of its restaurants, including all dining rooms and mobile eating places like the Smokeland BBQ food truck.

Read more: Pitt partners with Fifth Season for robotic-grown local greens

  1. Automated dining cars roam the streets of Beijing serving breakfast

Recently, a series of unmanned dining cars have appeared on the streets of Beijing in the mornings that customers can wave their way around. They can then choose a breakfast through the transparent window of the dining car, arrange orders by touching the screen, and enjoy dishes such as steamed stuffed buns, dumplings and soy milk. The unmanned dining cars come from autonomous driving technology startup Neolix, which has already been deployed commercially in more than 30 cities in China, as well as in six international markets, including Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, the Emirates. United Arabs, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

Read more: Self-driving dining cars are becoming popular in China

  1. Drone Delivery Company Gets Approval for Expanded Operation Radius

Food / retail on-demand delivery company Flytrex received FAA approval to expand its drone delivery radius to one nautical mile at all of its operating stations in North Carolina after performing ” thousands ”of deliveries following its approval in May to operate over people on a smaller footprint. With more than 10,000 potential customers in its new expanded delivery radius, Flytrex offers customers interested in a meal delivered by drone the ability to order through its app with participating stores and restaurants.

Read more: Food and Retail Drone Delivery Specialist Flytrex Gets FAA Approval for One Mile Deliveries

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