The Crazy-Hard Technical Challenges of Robots Delivering Falafel

By Matt Simon April 12, 2017 IT’S THE MOST San Francisco scene in San Francisco. A dude with a guitar and a dude with a...

By Matt Simon April 12, 2017

IT’S THE MOST San Francisco scene in San Francisco. A dude with a guitar and a dude with a scooter stand at a Mission District bus stop. Next to them, someone has laid Wired Logoout fishing rods for sale. Behind them, a white semi-autonomous delivery robot, looking not unlike a rolling dishwasher, hesitates behind the crowd before powering through and nearly running over a dog.

Think of Marble like a self-driving car, except its domain is the sidewalk. Instead of delivering humans to places like restaurants, Marble delivers food from restaurants to humans. If you live in San Francisco’s Mission or Potrero Hill neighborhoods and you order delivery through Yelp Eat24, you may just get a text asking if you want Marble to roll the food on over to your pad. And of course you’d say yes—it’s a robot filled with food, after all. [Full Story]

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