Robot delivery: Coco, a food delivery company, has launched pilot devices that deliver food in southwest Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Be on the lookout, Houston. You might see a bot roaming the streets.

Coco, a food delivery company, recently launched remote-controlled devices in a partnership with four Houston-area restaurants. The robots are active delivering food to customers in Southwest Houston and the Montrose area.

“What you see is what you get,” Joshua Hawkins said with Coco. “The bot itself is electronically operated, human piloted. It’s all LED. It has front and rear lights. Plus running lights and a lighted flag so people can see it coming the night.”

Hawkins said five cameras on board the aircraft give the pilot a live feed. They use GPS and cameras to direct robots to customers safely. Customers can then pick up their orders and the bot returns to the restaurant.

Ling “JoJo” Wang, owner of Trendy Dumpling off the Southwest Freeway near Edloe Street, said she welcomes the bots and they’re perfect for her business since half of her customers order delivery and takeaway meals.

“When I got the email from the robot company, I thought, ‘Wow, I’m so lucky,'” Wang said.

Coco said they are working on expanding to Houston. So far, they say, they have suffered no accidents since their launch on March 21.

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