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RTA announces launch of food delivery robots

Food Dubai 20 Feb 23
RTA announces launch of food delivery robots
Dubai RTA announces the pilot launch of autonomous food delivery robots.
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
20 February 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 March 2023, 12:00 AM

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the pilot launch of autonomous food delivery robots -‘talabots’. The robots will be piloted in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) in partnership with Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) and talabat UAE.

The pilot phase will see the introduction of three talabots to serve Cedre Villas residents, a gated community in the heart of DSO. The talabots will travel within a 3-kilometre radius from the Cedre Shopping Centre launch point to ensure a speedy 15-minute delivery time.

The robots will transport orders from the nearest restaurant partners to the residential neighbourhood of Cedre Villas, meeting customers at their doorstep. With talabat’s app interface fully integrated, customers will be able to track the robot’s journey and be notified through the app when it arrives at their property. Once it arrives, the customer can unlock the secure compartment by following the steps provided within the app.

In line with UAE regulations to protect the community’s privacy, the AI technology deployed in the talabots safeguards people’s identity by blurring faces with no facial recognition detection feature.

Moreover, to blend in within the community and for peace-of-mind of customers, the robots are fitted with various in-built sensors and advanced algorithms that can intelligently gauge surroundings and detect barriers in their path, keeping a safe distance from toddlers and pets.

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