I had some socially distanced coffee yesterday in downtown Mountain View with a friend, where they have closed the main street so restaurants can move their tables outside. It's awesome.
There was a smallish grocery store/deli near our table and these little delivery robots were lined up in front, getting loaded by store clerks with sandwiches and salads from the deli + a bottle of wine or whatever, and off they went past our table and into neighborhoods unknown for delivery.
It was slightly unnerving in a way Uber Eats drivers aren't. I guess it's because they share the sidewalk with you. I kept telling myself to get used to it, this is our future: robots among the pedestrians waiting for the light to turn green to cross in the crosswalk like the rest of us.
It was clearly working and people were liking and using them. The line of robots in front of the store ranged from 1 to 5 at any time.
What do you think? Are the robots finally invading?