April 13, 2021

Kiwibot 400x275Kiwibot, a robotic delivery service that has completed more than 150,000 robot deliveries in Santa Monica, Calif., and other locations, has announced the launch of its next-generation Kiwibot 4.0. The company plans to expand deliveries to other cities beginning in May, and has partnered with Chick-fil-a to pilot robot deliveries with the fast-food chicken giant.

Beginning in May 2021, customers who order through local Shopify-powered portals in Los Angeles, San Jose, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Detroit will be able to access Kiwibot deliveries, the company said in a statement.

The next generation Kiwibot 4.0 includes a new set of cameras, lights, speakers, and modular features that aim to enhance robot-human interaction, including the ability to “wink”. The Level 3 autonomous devices are equipped with high-tech sensors that detect people, traffic lights, vehicles, and have the ability to make path planning, and obstacle avoidance decisions. The robots are supported remotely by trained human supervisors to cross streets and stop immediately to ensure safe operations, the company said.

Food can be ordered through Shopify web portals, and the robots will meet customers up to a mile away. The company said average delivery takes about 30 minutes and costs $1.99.

The company said it expects to “deploy tens of thousands of adorable robots”, but also wants to educate the general population about integrating robots into communities to make food delivery available for everyone at low costs.

In addition to the Chick-fil-a partnership, Kiwibot is also partnering with Segway to help manufacture the robots.

Video: Kiwibot Keynote announcing the 4.0 version