Starship Technologies, Grubhub expand robotic deliveries to 5 campuses

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Starship Technologies is partnering with GrubHub to roll out its sidewalk delivery robots on more college campuses. | Source: Starship Robotics

Starship Technologies has partnered with Grubhub to roll out its sidewalk robot delivery service at five more college campuses: the University of Kentucky, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wayne State University, Southern Methodist University and Fairfield University.

The companies are providing delivery services to more than 170,000 students across the campuses. The five schools join a list of over 25 across the US where Starship’s robots are providing delivery services with its fleet of over 2,000 robots.

“We’re excited to partner with Grubhub on such a diverse and exciting roster of schools as we’ve worked hard to become a trusted and integrated partner on our campus communities,” Alastair Westgarth, CEO of Starship Technologies, said. “Over 90 percent of students say that Starship robots are helpful and convenient, so we are looking forward to bringing our service to more students across the country.”

Starship’s zero-emission sidewalk delivery robots complete more than 140,000 road crossings every day and have traveled millions of miles to complete more than 3.5 million autonomous deliveries. The robots can travel at up to 4 mph and can carry the equivalent of three bags of groceries.

Starship’s robots employ machine learning, AI, and sensors to traverse sidewalks and obstacles. The robots’ computer vision-based navigation maps their environment to the inch. Robots can traverse streets, climb curbs, move at night and work in rain and snow. A team of humans can observe and take control remotely.

“Robot delivery solves the unique challenges of accessing hard-to-reach areas that come from operating on a college campus,” Adam Herbert, senior director of campus partnerships at Grubhub, said. “With Starship’s robots, students can enjoy a fun, new way to order their favorite meals right to their door—whether that be the library, their dorm, academic hall or another campus building. Offering this type of delivery further improves the Grubhub dining experience as we continue to provide innovative solutions for students and our campus partners.”

Last month, Starship rolled out its food delivery service at Missouri State University in partnership with Chartwells Higher Education. This was the first university in Missouri where Starship delivery robots began providing service.

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Brianna Wessling

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