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Uber Eats Food-Delivery Robots Set for Use in Multiple U.S. Cities

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A customer accepts a food delivery from a Serve Robotics robot.

Serve Robotics CEO Ali Kashani said,"A host of advanced artificial intelligence capabilities ... help our robots navigate cities."

Credit: Serve Robotics Inc.

Service robot company Serve Robotics announced that up to 2,000 of its food-delivery robots will be deployed by Uber Eats in multiple cities in the U.S. and Canada next year.

Serve said more than 200 restaurants are participating in a test program in Los Angeles, adding that its robots also have "completed tens of thousands of contactless deliveries" in that city and San Francisco since the company's 2017 launch.

Each four-wheeled robot can operate for a full day on a battery charge, carry up to 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of cargo at a top speed of seven miles per hour (11 kilometers/hour), and support Level 4 autonomous driving, which requires no human attention in predefined areas.

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