Doug Bedell — April 24, 2020, 12:58 pm

The Robots Are Coming – Down the Streets


A company in Ann Arbor, Mich., Refraction AI’s robot restaurant food delivery service, is using a small fleet of three-wheeled robots to deliver food to “a small group of beta customers within a 2-mile radius in downtown Ann Arbor.”

Security InfoWatch quotes Refraction’s CEO, Matthew Johnson-Robertson, “This moment is a call to arms for robotics makers to really bring their technology to market that helps people. Particularly now in a time when there are so few options for doing tasks that we don’t want to put people at risk for.”

“Refraction autonomous REVs (Refraction Electric Vehicles) began restaurant food deliveries at the first of the year from four restaurants to a small group of beta customers within a 2-mile radius in downtown Ann Arbor.

“With the state’s closure of in-restaurant dining and subsequent shelter-in-place order, Refraction’s customer list has ballooned to 400, taxing the startup’s five robots which have been hustling to and fro along the edges of abandoned city streets.”

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