Beep, an Orlando-based autonomous shuttle service provider, announced this week it is using its autonomous shuttles to deliver pizzas to the Orlando VA Medical Center located in Lake Nona, Fla.
Beep partnered with Park Pizza & Brewing Company to donate and deliver lunch with the autonomous shuttle to healthcare workers on the front lines at the Orlando VA Medical Center. Typically, the shuttles operate daily on a fixed route throughout Lake Nona. With operation temporarily paused due to COVID-19, the company is finding new and innovative ways to support the community.
To limit contact with the delivery, each pizza box was sealed, put onto a cart, loaded into the shuttle by Park Pizza & Brewing restaurant employees and then secured by the onboard shuttle attendant.
Personnel at the medical center were then able to roll the cart into the hospital once taken off the shuttle upon arrival. Utilizing the autonomous shuttle ensures safe delivery of the food without having to rely on other services and allows workers to remain on campus.
According to a statement from Beep, Beep and Tavistock are exploring other opportunities to utilize the autonomous shuttles to serve the community during COVID-19.