Pizza or­der: I’ll have one with the bot

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE­STYLE -

RO­BOTS can’t feel love, but they also can’t get sick.

A pizza place in Ari­zona is test­ing a new form of so­cial dis­tanc­ing amid the coro­n­avirus out­break. In­stead of send­ing peo­ple out on deliveries, the restau­rant has been us­ing ro­bots.

The Venezia’s New York Style Pizza lo­ca­tion in Tempe, Ari­zona, teamed up with Star­ship Tech­nolo­gies to bring the fu­ture to pizza de­liv­ery. The ro­bots are able to make deliveries within a half-mile ra­dius.

“We have our own de­liv­ery driv­ers, third-party de­liv­ery and now ro­bot de­liv­ery driv­ers… we have ev­ery­thing covA ered dur­ing this pan­demic,” restau­rant man­ager Renny Mitchell told Fox 10.

Mitchell said the new ro­bot was “mak­ing it eas­ier than ever be­fore to so­cial dis­tance”. video up­loaded to the restau­rant’s Face­book page shows the ro­bots in ac­tion, es­sen­tially look­ing like in­su­lated boxes on wheels.

In the footage, a worker brings a food or­der to one of the bots and then sani­tises the lid and the in­side of the car­riage be­fore plac­ing the food in­side. Ac­cord­ing to Fox 10, the de­vices are able to nav­i­gate around side­walks and streets.

“It is so much eas­ier to sani­tise a ro­bot, putting it in there and send­ing it on its way,” Mitchell said. “The six-feet thing is su­per easy to do… (ro­bots) don’t say any­thing.”

Pic­ture: Face­book

A US pizze­ria is us­ing ro­bots to de­liver food dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

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