Autonomous robots will soon deliver food to students at universities in the US, after Russian tech giant “Yandex” and online food ordering company “GrubHub” struck a deal, “Yandex” announced on Tuesday.
“Yandex” is often characterized as the Russian Google and provides a range of services, from ads and searches to “ride-hailing” and food deliveries. It began testing autonomous delivery robots in 2019 and is already active in some locations in central Moscow and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Russian company did not disclose the financial terms of this cooperation.
“We are pleased to develop dozens of our vehicles, taking the next step in the active commercialization of our autonomous driving technology, in different markets around the world”
said Dmitry Politsuk, managing director of “Yandex Self-Driving Group”.
According to Reuters, “Yandex” delivery robots will enter the “GrubHub” platform, with the service becoming available on selected campuses in the fall. “GrubHub” works with over 250 college campuses in the United States.
“While campuses are notoriously difficult to navigate for cars, especially for food deliveries, “Yandex” robots have easy access to places that vehicles can’t reach- in practice removing a big barrier that universities face when applying new technologies,”
said Brian Madigan, vice president of corporate and campus partners at “GrubHub”.
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