A Russian comedian posted this video of eight delivery/courier bots stuck in snow somewhere in Great Britain, quipping:
Robots work, not humans. But not this time, the snow has become an insurmountable obstacle for the rovers. The robotic couriers lined up in a traffic jam, just like people.
The robots shown, which actually are unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), are Starship brand delivery UGVs.
Starship’s information on their website states:
Starship robots are advanced devices that can carry items within a 4-mile (6km) radius. Our delivery platform enables a new era of instant delivery that works around your schedule at much lower costs.
Parcels, groceries and food are directly delivered from stores, at the time that the customer requests via a mobile app. Once ordered the robots’ entire journey and location can be monitored on a smartphone.
The product was designed with a specific task in mind, but its design did not take into account weather and related obstructions. The user of the product purchased it as an off the shelf item, understanding that problems such as Acts of God are not factored into its use.
Oh well, snow melts and thick mud gets washed away.
According to restaurantdive.com website, the Dennys restaurant chain has introduced a robotic server. The featured Tiktok video onlyshows a part of the robot’s capability. The article says that robots already are making inroads into food service, including cooking and cleaning.