Grab to test first indoor robot runner service in Singapore

The robot runner is designed in partnership with Techmetics Robotics

Grab robot

Grab to test first indoor robot runner service in Singapore. Source: grab.com

Grab Singapore has announced a pilot robot runner service at Paya Lebar Quarter Mall, starting the second week of June.

According to the press release, the robot runner will help to consolidate orders across several restaurants within the mall before handing them off to delivery-partners at a central collection point for last-mile delivery.

It is expected that Grab delivery-partners may shave off between 5 to 15 minutes of the usual time taken to navigate shopping malls and collect each order.

Lendlease is proud to partner with Grab in this pilot project that uses technology to facilitate safer and faster food delivery services.  With a central location for Grab riders to pick up orders and the use of technology to manage logistics workflow, we will be able to minimise people-to-people contact and do our part to safeguard the well-being of riders, tenants and customers. We are working towards a longer term collaboration with Grab to meet the demands of customers and improve shopping experiences
Audrey Balakrishnan, General Manager, Paya Lebar Quarter

The robot runner will have the ability to learn about its surroundings through AI and optimise for maximum efficiency.

It also comes fitted with safety features such as built-in Light Detection and Ranging sensors to detect incoming obstacles and an automated voice message that alerts shoppers of its presence. The capability to scan and monitor its immediate proximity in real-time to avoid sudden obstacles and prevent collision is included as well.

We’ve reported that Grab announced collaboration with Japanese retailer.

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