A Revolution In The Local Market


By: Christopher Yang, Journalist

In January of 2019, George Mason’s students woke to the sight of tiny delivery bots making their way around the campus, stopping at various locations along the way. On the same day, GMU officially announced the strange, roaming creations to the campus residents. Partnering with Starship Technologies and Sodexo, GMU is the first campus to use entirely automated food delivery systems, which could be accessed by both the students and staff. The beauty of it all is that the process of delivery, from shop to person, was entirely controlled by the mind of a single robot. A true feat in the world of Civic Engineering.

However, George Mason is not the only place in the world you can see these little machines. All around the world, similar advances are entering the local market. At the head of this wonderful new revolution are local retailers and companies. Most are investing large swaths of money in this new technology, hoping to build a machine that can be on par with manned delivery systems, and possibly even better.

UPS and Amazon, two of the biggest delivery companies, are experimenting with the possibility of drone delivery, while Domino’s, a famously known pizza retailer, follows suit. That’s not to say the technology comes without difficulty though, as geographical, social, and financial concerns are as clear as day.

If you’ve read or watched any programming in action at all, you may realize that it is exceptionally difficult to create even a proficient delivery system. The problem with an automated delivery system is that you are confined to a local area unless you can create a universal system of delivery. This is why all these delivery machines are only found in certain areas, and it will stay like that until a solution is found.

Another difficulty found in the business is public opinion. George Mason’s success mostly rode on the fact that there was business on the campus and that people actually required it due to C19 reasons. As such, many required the use of a reliable direct delivery system, thus leading to the creation and use of one such. There is also the possible cause of the machine hindering public safety.

These are all blocks preventing most of these machines from entering the market and many simply do not pay attention to this invention. The safest estimate is that these automatic delivery men will not enter the market as a solid product/commodity until the late 21st century.