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Pudu Robotics Deploys Service Robots to Slovenia McDonald’s Locations

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July 11, 2022

China’s Pudu Robotics, which develops commercial service robots, has announced that a team of its robots are working at McDonald’s locations in Slovenia, in a deal set up by local partner ARONAtm. The company said it also worked with other partners to expand its presence in Poland, the Netherlands, the U.K., and other European countries, with robots deployed in gas stations, retail electronics outlets, restaurants and hotels.

At the end of 2021, McDonald’s Slovenia started gradually introducing dozens of Pudu’s BellaBot robots into the workforce, to assist restaurant staff with serving and delivering food items, as well as perform other duties.

With challenges such as pandemic concerns among restaurant-goers, especially around sanitary and safety conditions, McDonald’s Slovenia decided to use the AI-powered food delivery robots. In addition to lower cost and higher efficiency, the robots reduced person-to-person interaction and lowered the risk of virus transmission. The BellaBot has also been engaged in multiple tourism promotion campaigns launched by the government of Slovenia and its tourism offices.

The company said it also signed agreements with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Jordan, Metro Group’s Media Markt, Japan’s Skylark Group, Shell Poland, and other well-known brands with international stature. Pudu said more than 40,000 robots have been shipped around the world, with expansion from food service into cleaning, disinfection and building services.

For more details on the robots and technologies, visit the Pudu Robotics website here.

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