Foodpanda is testing robot deliveries; partners with 3 autonomous robot startup companies

Both Foodpanda and rival Grab are testing new approaches to improve the speed and reliability of their delivery services.

Carl Adrian

12 Jun, 2021

Foodpanda is testing robot deliveries; partners with 3 autonomous robot startup companies | BEAMSTART News

Foodpanda, one of the world's most popular food delivery companies, is exploring the possibility of leveraging robots for deliveries.

The company has partnered with 3 Singapore-based startup companies in the autonomous robotics space.

Key Highlights

  • Foodpanda has partnered with autonomous robotic startups: Whizz Mobility, Otsaw, and Neolix to pilot autonomous robot deliveries.
  • Robots from these 3 startup companies will provide additional support to help Foodpanda's riders complete last-mile deliveries.
  • The robots will make life easier for riders during peak hours and bad weather conditions, as well as accessing difficult locations.

Why It Matters

  • The global pandemic has pushed many companies to move towards "contactless technologies", especially the use of robotics.
  • Last month, Foodpanda rival Grab announced that it was piloting a "robot runner service" to ease the consolidation of orders from restaurants in Singapore.
  • The possibility of more autonomous robots handling operational tasks such as deliveries could increase in the coming years.
  • The emergence of more autonomous robots could significantly reduce the reliance on people to complete mechanical tasks.

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