FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Robots now share roads and walkways in Frisco with cars and pedestrians, providing food and food to those quarantined at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Businesses like Hurts Donut use a fleet of bots to send donuts to homes.
“I think this will be a better and new experience with our customers,” said owner Keith Selby.
He said it was not only new, it was safe. “We try to be safe for our customers and not touch.”
Contactless shipping is very popular nowadays because of the pandemic.
Robot is a creation of Starship Technology.
Item placed in the robot basket with gloved hands.
This application sends a signal to the robot to send it home within a two-mile radius. Sensors and cameras help navigate through roads and walkways.
“It has an awareness bubble around it,” said Robert Beuhler, Director of Sales at Starship.
Julie Geiger, who has used the service twice, said it was enough to accept sending robots
“This is not only new but also contactless delivery,” he said. “We have never seen another human.”
“Who doesn’t like donuts from robots,” joked Jake Geiger’s son.
The university has used delivery bots for food. Starship serves many universities including the University of Texas at Dallas.
But when the students leave, the company speeds up its operations and moves services to Frisco.
“In Texas there is a law that allows private shipping devices to drive on the streets but we work with Frisco and be a good partner.” Said Beuhler.
Each shipment costs around $ 1.99
Some local businesses including Hareli Fresh Market, Kpop Burger & Crab King, Chicken Express, Gully Point and Fuzzy’s Taco use robots to deliver food and groceries.
“Businesses are very pleased with the opportunity to offer shipping without full contact,” Beuhler said.
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