One of the largest food delivery services Grubhub, operating in the United States, announced a partnership with Yandex. Both companies will deliver food to American universities.
This will be done with the help of Yandex rovers: several are now rolling around Moscow, delivering food from the Yandex.Lavka and Yandex.Eda services. According to The Verge, several hundred of them will be produced for Grubhub, while a Yandex representative says about dozens:
We chose this partnership because of Grubhub’s unprecedented coverage of college campuses in the United States and the flexibility and reliability of their ordering platform. We are pleased to launch dozens of our rovers, taking the next step in actively commercializing our autonomous driving technology in various markets around the world.
General Director of Yandex Self-Driving Group
Grubhub serves over 250 colleges in the US. For services, the acquisition of rovers has become a necessity for two reasons. The first is savings: you remove the supplier directly from the delivery chain, making the process itself cheaper.
The second is the ban on driving around most college campuses in the United States. This is a pedestrian area. The main thing for Grubhub was the availability of the necessary technologies. And since Yandex’s subsidiary Yandex Self-Driving Group is engaged in the creation of rovers, which is also developing an unmanned driving system, the choice of a partner was obvious:
When we thought about delivery by robots, we formulated two main requirements for a partner. First, it must be a technology-driven company. Secondly, she must have enough experience and resources to scale her solution. Yandex suited us according to both criteria. Thanks to cooperation with Yandex, we will be able to offer colleges and universities an even higher level of service.
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Grubhub
When the rover delivers the order, the client will receive a push that the order has been completed, and the “Open Cover” button will also appear. There will be food under it.
According to both companies, the first of them will have rovers in the coming fall. The system will be fully deployed within a few years – for this period, a partnership has been concluded between the two companies.