If you are in and around San Francisco, specifically Mission and Potrero Hill districts, chances are, you have seen a little box on wheel prying the area fulfilling food delivery ordered via Yelp Eat 24. This fairly unassuming robot is the handiwork of SF-based startup, Marble. Powered by NVIDIA Jetson TX1 AI supercomputers, these autonomous ground-delivery robots use a combination of AI and computer vision to find their way to their destinations while avoiding obstacles like humans, cars, pets, trash cans, et cetera.
Marble is working with Yelp Eat 24 to serve Mission and Potrero Hill districts and while it is on-going, obviously as a trial for now, these robots will map the city’s sidewalks and thanks to the AI and deep learning capabilities they have been bestowed with, they will be able to determine the best travel routes and therefore improve food delivery times. So, these robots ain’t dumb, if that’s you are thinking. The plan is to map “most SF sidewalks in coming year” and also adding more restaurants and robots to the service. Though it is not clear if Yelp Eat 24 will remain the sold delivery partner or more partners will be added.