Southmead Hospital in Bristol has deployed a fleet of 12 automatic guided vehicles to deliver meals to its 950 patients.
The droids, which start work at 10.15 every morning, are capable of opening doors, operating lifts and picking up food without any human assistance. They transfer chilled dishes to kitchens scattered around the hospital, where they are heated and then served to patients.
After completing their rounds, the machines return to their charging stations until they are called upon again for the next meal. Catering manager Gary Wilkins said it was as simple as pressing a button and the machines did the rest. More