Just Eat Delivers World's First Takeaway Food Order by a Robot in London (Photo courtesy of Just Eat and Starship Technologies/Getty Images)

Just Eat, a leading marketplace for online food delivery, and Starship Technologies are offering prompt service by using a self-driving robot in Greenwich, South East London. A local resident recently placed a takeaway order from the Turkish restaurant, Taksim Meze, using the Just Eat app. She became the first person in the world to receive a food delivery from a self-driving robot.

When Taksim Meze received the customer’s order, the restaurant manager requested that a robot make the food delivery after traveling to the restaurant during meal preparation. Taksim Meze placed the freshly cooked order securely in the robot’s cargo compartment. The customer then received a text message about the food delivery, which was en route with the self-driving robot. Ten minutes later, Simone received a text message with a unique link to open the cargo section of the robot, which was waiting at her door.

Just Eat and Starship Technologies, which have designed and manufactured the six-wheel pavement droid, announced in July they were working together on the first-of-its-kind pilot program. After five months of exhaustive testing in the area, the first live delivery signals the next step in this revolutionary pilot program. There are plans to expand the program across London in 2017.

About Just Eat

Just Eat, headquartered in London, uses proprietary technology to offer a quick and efficient digital ordering service for more than 15.5 million active users and over 62,800 takeaway restaurants in 13 countries. Just Eat is a member of the FTSE 250 Index.

About Starship Technologies

Starship Technologies is building a fleet of autonomous robots designed to deliver goods locally in 15 to 30 minutes within a 2- to 3-mile radius. Humans monitor the autonomously driven robots and can take over control at any time. Launched in July 2014, by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, Starship is changing the delivery of parcels, groceries and food. Starship Technologies is a European company with business headquarters in London and R&D headquarters in Estonia.

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