Marble and Yelp Eat24 Launch Robot Food Delivery in San Francisco

Published by , April 17, 2017 11:48 am

(TechCrunch) Marble has officially announced the launch of its delivery robots that navigate autonomously to a customer’s address. Their machines look like a large kitchen appliance crossed with a Mars rover and are stickered with a Yelp Eat24 logo. Users order as they normally would through the Yelp Eat24 site or app. They are asked to approve a robot delivery and receive a pin code texted to their phone, which they can use to unlock the robot’s cargo bay when their Marble delivery arrives. After retrieving their food, they close the door and the robot returns to Marble HQ or another restaurant. Matt Delaney, CEO and cofounder of the San Francisco startup said, “We’re starting with meals, but think our robots will be useful for everything from groceries, to pharmacy and parcel delivery in the long run.” Marble’s robots are designed to be “courteous in an urban setting,” Delaney added.
With on-board lidar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors, as well as Nvidia’s Jetson TX1 AI supercomputers, Marble’s robots perceive the environment around them. They can operate day or night, using high-res, 3-D maps of the sidewalks, buildings and more in the neighborhoods where the company offers its services.