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Just Eat, Starship Technologies complete first delivery with self-driving robot

Just Eat with Starship Technologies made the delivery in Greenwich, South East London.

Just Eat and Starship Technologies, who have designed and manufactured the six-wheel pavement droid, announced in July they were working together on the first of its kind pilot program. After five months of testing in the area, the first live delivery started the next step in this revolutionary pilot program which will see local Just Eat customers receive automated robot deliveries in Greenwich. There are plans to expand the program across London in 2017.

When the order was received by Taksim Meze, restaurant manager Ana Maria Stingaciu requested that a robot make the delivery - a local robot travelled to the restaurant while the meal was being prepared.

Manager of Takzim Meze, Ana Maria Stingaciu said: “I am really proud Taksim Meze is the first restaurant to make a takeaway delivery using robot technology. Providing first –rate customer service is our top priority and with this added set of hands, or wheels I should say, we can focus our manpower in the kitchen. I am looking forward to utilising the technology during the busy festive season to help keep up with demand.”

Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director at Just Eat said: “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 restaurants partners, customers and online booking service. Now that we are live in Greenwich, we’re working towards a larger rollout of the pilot program across London in the New Year.”

Henry Harris-Burland, Marketing and Communications Manager at Starship Technologies said: “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 moving forward.”

While customers will not yet be able to elect for robot delivery, Greenwich residents who order a takeaway online through Just Eat will increasingly be serviced by the technology as the service continues to roll out.

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