SoftBank Robotics Australia has teamed up with Sushi Machines, a wholesale distributor in Australia, to start offering robotic and AI solutions for restaurants in Australia.

Under this partnership, Sushi Machines will start offering Gausium’s Tray Delivery Robot Delivery X1 to their customers as part of their efficient, hygienic and consistent solutions that address ongoing worker shortages in the hospitality industry.

Delivery X1 is a tray delivery robot produced by one of SoftBank Robotics’ global partners Gausium. It leverages technological capabilities and can safely transport and deliver large volumes of food and beverages, as well as replenishment items on up to four trays.

As a market leader in cleaning robots, Gausium’s self-owned SLAM (Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping) technology allows Delivery X1 to perform in complex, dynamic environments and can perceive and create semantic maps of its surroundings. In a restaurant setting, it can detect and avoid people, obstacles, and other objects while serving food.

Delivery X1 has easy-to-use features, allowing fast deployment without a QR code for location and user-friendly software with flexible operations methods, scheduling tasks and controlling the robot through an intuitive touch screen or mobile app. Restaurant owners can expect to use Delivery X1 as a complimentary feature alongside staff, providing support during rush hours, and assisting in clearing dishes for cleaning.

SoftBank Robotics Group chief business officer, Kenichi Yoshida said, “Our collaboration with Sushi Machines Australia will provide Japanese restaurant technology solutions like tray-delivery robots among other SoftBank Robotics (SBR) solutions which will help transform the food and beverages industry towards a smart savvy efficient restaurant that can reap more sales for the food and beverages operators. We believe technology, robotics and IoT solutions will become more indispensable as technology adapts and grows smarter in the future.”

Sushi Machines Australia and New Zealand director, Stuart Aamodt added, “With the introduction of SoftBank Robotics’ and Gausium Robotics’ tray delivery robot – Delivery X1 to our product offering, we will endeavor to bring across more efficient solutions to enhance the restaurant service. Our partnership with SoftBank Robotics marked a first for Sushi Machine in Australia to initiate robotics solutions to our customers as we continue to expand our offering.”