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Brief Published: 31 Jan 2019

Driverless Drinks Cart You Can Hail Like an Uber

Carlo Ratti

Cities of the future will offer increasingly flexible hospitality solutions that provide busy urban dwellers with agile options for new dining and entertainment experiences. With this in mind, Italian architect Carlo Ratti has designed a driverless robotic cocktail bar called Guido that can be hailed on demand through an app.

The autonomous roving bar has two mechanical arms – one for shaking and stirring, and the other for pouring and serving – and is capable of accurately preparing pre-ordered drinks in a matter of seconds. This set-up is reminiscent of cruise line Royal Caribbean's Bionic Bar, as covered in our In-Transit Innovation report.

The robot is mounted on a self-driving platform that can be hailed through an app to any location within the city, weaving through the built environment using built-in driverless technology. The bar is also capable of undertaking ID verification and processing contactless payments via mobile devices.

The bar has been designed in collaboration with Italy's leading producer of robotic bar equipment Makr Shakr to offer a new, demand-driven way for consumers to further enjoy the city at their own leisure.

Not only does this innovation offer consumers more flexibility and greater convenience, it also has the potential to offer people a new place to gather in underserved urban hubs by acting as a mobile social venue.

For more on how cities are becoming more user-friendly for their inhabitants, read Tomorrow's Wandering Workers and Smart Cities. See also London Cocktail Week 2018: Top Takeaways and Alcohol Meets Tech: Virtual Reality Bars as well as Vodka Brand Launches Clean-Air Bar for more creative bar innovations.