Yandex Looks To Disrupt Hot Meal Delivery Services With Robot Rovers

  • Russian internet giant’s delivery robots started operations yesterday in a district within the country’s capital.
  • Dubbed as the ‘Yandex Rover’, the robot began the delivery of hot meals around the White square business district after a successful piloting program.
  • The Yandex robot rover is delivering hot restaurant meals to paying customers—who can only unlock the robot using a smartphone.

Russian giant search engine is disrupting the delivery sector with smart buggy-like robots. Yandex rolled-out the delivery robots in a district within the country’s Capital-Moscow, after a successful piloting program. Dubbed the Yandex. Rover, the robot has been delivering groceries to some parts of the city since autumn.

The robots commenced operations yesterday in the White square business district. Customers within this area can now order hot meals from restaurants and will be delivered by Yandex.Rover. However, the orders have to be paid prior to the delivery.

Ordering is done via Yandex. Eats app—a dominant food and grocery delivery platform in Moscow. After making your order from the restaurant, the robot is packed and takes the food to the customer. The customer then unlocks Yandex. Rover with his smartphone to collect the food.

During the launch, Yandex said, “Three of the robots are now operating in the White Square area, part of a city-wide fleet of 20 robots.”

Delivery services gained much-needed momentum around the globe during the pandemic. However, in Russia, Yandex and Delivery Club—the two giant delivery platforms in the Russian capital, had already dominated the field before the outbreak.

Their services were among the key milestones that kept the city moving amid the global pandemic. This was highly-needed, more so when Moscow went under lockdown. And with the boost from the pandemic effects, Yandex innovated things further to mitigate human-to-human interaction.

CEO of Yandex Self-Driving Group, Dmitry Polishchuk, said in a statement, “Demand for deliver services was constantly growing and that the pandemic had accelerated the trend.”

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