Residents in San Francisco (USA) now have a new technological option when ever ordering falafel or a kabab: Robot delivery is now in the picture great thanks to Marble and Yelp.The Eat24 app which allows customers to order food with their smartphones.Customers place an order using Yelp’s Eat24 app, which then allows them to opt-in for robot delivery right to their doorstep.
Yelp is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Francisco, California. It develops, hosts and markets Yelp.com and the Yelp mobile app, which publish crowd-sourced reviews about local businesses, as well as the online reservation service Yelp Reservations and online food-delivery service Eat24. The company also trains small businesses in how to respond to reviews, hosts social events for reviewers, and provides data about businesses, including health inspection scores.
Diners receive a text message with a code, permitting them to unlock the robot’s cargo bin and enjoy meals from one of four participating restaurants. If successful, these robots could one day replace human couriers for range of products.
“A robot like this will never be useful to deliver you a mattress or set of skis,” Marble co-founder and CEO Matt Delaney tells CNBC. “But the vast majority of goods are relatively small. We are making this useful for many segments including groceries, meals, pharmacy and medicines.”
Marble are a scrappy early-stage robotics startup based in San Francisco. We design, build, and operate autonomous urban delivery robots. In San Francisco alone, hundreds of thousands of packages are delivered every day. Over half of the world’s population lives in cities at least this big.
Marble has already raised $4 million from investors, including Maven Ventures which has a track record of spotting successful autonomous vehicle startups. The firm was an early investor in Cruise Automation, which General Motors acquired for $1 billion.Jim Scheinman, founding managing partner at Maven, says Marble could prove to be a significant cost-saver for delivery companies.
Robotic delivery will improve reliability and drastically reduce the cost of delivery, touching the lives of billions of people and ultimately transforming how the world works. Our team is small and we’re moving lightning fast to create the world’s first fleet of autonomous delivery robots to solve this Earth-scale problem.