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Robot Deliveries On The Rise In Ann Arbor

Refraction AI

The use of robots to make deliveries in Ann Arbor has increased during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Refraction AI has four self-driving REV-1 robots delivering restaurant orders and groceries in Ann Arbor.  While the company is not revealing how many deliveries the robots make a week, co-founder Ram Vasudevan says they have more than tripled during the pandemic.  He says consumers are asking for contactless delivery options.

"As we move forward beyond this crisis, I think showing that we can do this well will illustrate that this is something that makes sense as a business."

The robots, which look like a recumbent bicycle, travel between 12 to 15 miles per hour, and on an average, delivery takes between 20 to 30 minutes. 

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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