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Japan 'glamping' resort delivers barbecue without the virus risk

New service from Rakuten and Tokyu uses unmanned vehicles to minimize contact

Rakuten's robots will ferry food orders to guests at Tateshina's "tent villas," with no need for contact with staff. (Photo courtesy of Rakuten and Tokyu)

TOKYO -- Guests at a luxury campground in Japan's Nagano Prefecture will be able to have meals delivered via self-driving robots, thanks to a service from Rakuten and the Tokyu group launching next month.

Tokyu Resort Town Tateshina, operated by Tokyu Resorts & Stays, plans to offer the autonomous deliveries at outdoor "glamping," or luxurious camping, sites during the August-September busy season.

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