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Chinese unicorn's robot waiters ready to serve the world

Keenon to have bases in 10 overseas markets this year

Workers assemble robots at a Keenon factory in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. (Photo by Shin Watanabe)

SHANGHAI -- As the pandemic propels restaurants and other businesses to keep their distance from customers, Shanghai-based Keenon Robotics looks to bring its automated helpers to markets across the globe.

At a Zui Hui Huang Chinese restaurant chain location here, Keenon's robotic servers wait by the kitchen for meals to come out. Staffers load them up and tell them which tables to go to via touchscreen. Then they roll off, deftly avoiding obstacles in their way.

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