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04/26/2022

Ottonomy Plans to Expand Fully Autonomous Robot Deliveries

The company says these robots are now ready to transition to outdoor deliveries.
Anna Wolfe
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Ottonomy.io is participating at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022 conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida as one of the first robotics companies to release robots that can navigate autonomously in both indoor and outdoor environments, seamlessly, without human assistance.

Ottonomy.io was born in 2019, as the pandemic placed severe and unexpected challenges on the supply chain that were further exacerbated by the global labor shortage. A report by MarketsandMarkets reveals that the delivery robots market (food & beverages, retail, postal) size is expected to reach $957 million by 2026 from $212 million in 2021.

Robotics on the Rise

Using AI as much as possible to automate mundane or physically difficult tasks, so that staff can focus on the business of true hospitality, and gain real-world experience with cutting-edge technologies, was a theme echoed at MURTEC  and in particular the panel, IT Gets Real With AI featuring CKE, Inspire Brands and Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe.

Among the brands testing robotics:  QSR Jack in the Box has teamed up with Miso Robotics to begin pilot for Flippy 2 and Sippy product lines. Recently,  Chipotle began testing a Robotic Kitchen Assistant. After a successful pilot program, White Castle will add Flippy to 100 locations.  And in Houston, Rustika Café and Bakery Partners with Robot Delivery Service.

With regulations becoming standardized across North America, Ottonomy.io expects the need for robot deliveries in the retail and restaurant industries to grow exponentially. Ottobots have been running successfully at Cincinnati's CVG Airport since late 2021. New pilots are beginning in Rome and Pittsburgh airports. More delivery pilots will roll out in 2022 across Europe, the Middle East, USA and Canada.

You can watch Ottonomy.io in varied environments and navigating indoor/outdoor in its latest video here: VIDEO of Ottobots at NewLab in Brooklyn, NY