DoorDash has decided to expand its robotic footprint by acquiring salad serving robot startup Chowbotics. The Bay Area-based robotics is popular for Sally, a salad making robot. The financial details of the deal are not known yet but it is expected to benefit DoorDash which has been working to make a position for itself in the robotic industry. DoorDash co-founder Stanley Tang said that they have been an admirer of works done by Chowbotics. “We appreciate how the company has been working to increase access to fresh meals. Chowbotics is making things better with its groundbreaking robotics vision and product,” Tang said.
“DoorDash always works to improve the support to our merchant partners which helps in their progress. We are excited to use this technology in new and better ways. With the team of Chowbotics coming on board, we will explore new use ways of providing better service to help our merchants grow.” Chowbotics was founded in 2014 and has raised around USD 21 million to date. Out of this, around 11 million was raised in 2018. Sally got popular during the pandemic as it removed a human element from preparing food. Last year in October, the company added a contactless feature. The feature allowed users to order using an app ahead of time.
Chowbotics CEO Rick Wilmer said that joining hands with DoorDash will unlock new possibilities. “We will be benefitted by the technology that has been built over the past several years. As a leader in the on-demand logistics and food delivery industry, DoorDash has immense experience and unparalleled reach. This will help us grow and expand our technology in a broader way. Together we can serve people fresh and nutritious food in a better way. However, it remains to be seen how Chowbotics will perform under DoorDash. Also, will it continue to work as an independent entity within the DoorDash or be merged is something that will be closely watched.