DoorDash, the popular food delivery service, is acquiring Chowbotics, a Calif.-based robotics startup best known for Sally, a vending machine-like robot that can make salads and other fresh meals. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The move indicates DoorDash is interested in automating food production. According to The Wall Street Journal, which was first…
Saladworks and Chowbotics are jointly offering a version of the Sally robot to serve customizable meals in new markets.
Chowbotics, whose Sally robotic salad dispenser can make meals to order 24/7, has been helping hospitals feed front-line staffers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chowbotics is offering Sally 2.0, a fresh food-dispensing robot with a revamped user interface, redesigned containers for ease of swapping and cleaning, and a wider menu of ingredients.
Attendees and speakers at a food robotics event in San Francisco discussed the biggest challenges facing developers and users of robots and AI for cooking, delivery, and tracking.