Robo-powered grocery delivery set to reach Emirati households this year
Restrictions on venturing out to buy essentials during lockdowns, triggered a higher tendency for online grocery shopping among global consumers. The Emirates was no exception since it also saw a surge in demand for e-commerce, which was powered by a two-fold increase in e-grocery orders.
With social distancing gaining importance to ward off infections, UAE residents are looking for services where human contact is minimal. In its bid to meet social distancing standards, Turkish logistics firm Delivers AI is gearing up to deploy its fleet of food and grocery delivery robots, which will greet households in Dubai this year.
The company has been encouraged by a rise in demand for its traditional delivery services as well as the presence of a thriving tech infrastructure in Dubai. It’ll start off with a trial run in Dubai’s internet city, where people are more enthusiastic about innovative solutions, and will then move forward to downtown and DIFC localities.
The delivery droids can carry up to 15kg of goods at a time and will be backed up by a strong network of cameras to monitor operations. For Delivers AI, the step also marks reduction in delivery costs and ability to address concerns about food tampering and inability of personnel to find locations accurately.
Robots will be using pedestrian or cycling lanes in the city, and are equipped with AI to spot obstacles, and stop at traffic signals on their own. But couriers will still be monitoring activities of these gadgets remotely to ensure a safe, contactless experience for consumers.
The Emirates has displayed willingness to integrate robots and AI into its ecosystem for a smart future, and humanoids have been deployed at malls as well as cafes in Dubai during the pandemic.
Delivers AI has proven its prowess back home in Istanbul, where its robots priced at $8000, carried out 500 deliveries without a single software or hardware glitch.