It may sound like science fiction, a movie thing or something, but it’s very real: if you happen to visit a Pizza Hut restaurant in Seoul, capital of South Korea, do not be surprised if your pizza is brought to your table by a robot. Still in the test phase, the Dilly Plate is like a column with support for the pizza in the upper part that slides through wheels between the tables until finding the right place to leave the delicacy.
The robot, capable of carrying loads of up to 22 kg, was developed by a local startup called Woowa Broithers Corp., responsible for a popular food delivery application called Baedal Minjok. The initiative, though, is not unprecedented, meaning Dilly Plate is not the first robot to work on Pizza Hut. Some time ago, a restaurant chain in Singapore used for two weeks a Pepper robot, from the Japanese company SoftBank Robotics, to withdraw customer orders, but the experience was not very satisfactory.
Let’s now see if the robots will fit better in the task of delivering the pizzas to the customers than in the taking of the orders. “We will actively embrace new technologies to satisfy our employees and customers and make several attempts aligned with the development of food technology,” said Cho Yoon-sang, marketing director of Pizza Hut South Korea in a statement.