Not even delivery drivers are safe from the robot revolution, and Postmates‘ latest revelation is living proof.
Its name is “Serve,” can fit up to 50 pounds of food, and will be able to travel up to 30 miles on a single charge.
“We realized we are in a unique position to create an autonomous delivery vehicle with socially aware navigation that understands how to navigate cities while meeting specific customer needs,” Bastian Lehmann, Postmates co-founder and CEO, said. “We took a design-first approach with Serve that walks alongside people and fits into our communities.”
If the concept of a delivery bot doesn’t give you the heebie jeebies, maybe the fact that Postmates developed a “language for rovers and humans to understand each other’s intentions,” will give you some goosebumps.
Serve is so refined, that it has sensors that tell it when to change direction, when to communicate, and how to make its way through sidewalks.
Over the next 12 months, the delivery bot of the future will be tested in the Los Angeles area, as Postmates continues to look for additional cities to work with.
In that time, Angelenos can order their Salt & Straw, Shake Shack, or anything else on Postmates, while a cute little robot drops it off.
Hopefully it doesn’t turn all Terminator on me when I “forget” my wallet and don’t tip.