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SoftBank-powered robots to help Grab with meal deliveries

Singapore and Japan to use the droids jointly developed by China's Keenon

SoftBank Robotics and Keenon Robotics are keen to roll out their service bots to the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. (Photo by Mayuko Tani)

SINGAPORE -- Autonomous robots powered by artificial intelligence sound like plot devices straight out of a Hollywood science-fiction movie, but soon these service droids could be the norm in the food industries in Japan and Singapore, thanks to SoftBank Robotics and China's Keenon Robotics.

The two countries will be the first to use such robots in a partnership announced by SoftBank and Shanghai-headquartered Keenon on Tuesday. The two companies hope to expand the use of intelligent machines in sectors such as food and beverage to ease labor shortages.

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