Carlo Ratti Associati has teamed up with Makr Shakr, the world’s leading producer of robotic bartending systems, to design a driverless robotic bar which “aims to propose new on-demand ways to enjoy leisure in cities.” GUIDO (Italian for “I drive”) features two mechanical arms with the ability to precisely prepare and serve drinks in seconds, mounted atop an autonomous vehicular platform. Self-driving technology allows GUIDO to weave through the built environment, responding to bookings from a customer app. As orders are placed through the app, GUIDO sources the cocktail’s components from bottles stored on the counter, and prepares the drink on site. GUIDO’s system also performs ID age verification and supports paying via mobile phone. More than an experiment of new technologies, GUIDO also seeks to imagine new social opportunities in future cities. With many cities following a trend of small, bustling central areas and peripheral, lifeless, sometimes unsafe suburbs, GUIDO offers an alternative where different parts of the city can be activated by on-demand leisure. The opportunity also exists for new social dynamics, with customers creating smaller hubs of activity to unite neighbors who might not otherwise encounter each other.
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