Starship trundles into Northern Arizona University

Thirty Starship robots are to wait on diners at six Northern Arizona University campus restaurants that serve 25,000 students and and staff.

Using an app, students and staff can get the Starship robots to order food and drink from local retailers and the goods will be delivered anywhere on campus within minutes. The app tracks the robot in real time and is also used to open the robot’s payload bay.

Each Starship robot has a capacity of around 10kg (around three shopping bags of groceries). Amongst others, participating restaurants include Einstein Bros. Bagels, national chain Star Ginger, Cobrizo Mexican Grill, Turnip the Greens, G’s NY Style Deli, and The Wedge Market and Pizza.

This is not the first Starship university roll out. George Mason University has them already, that delivered 1500 extra breakfasts in January alone. It is the first time the robots have operated in Arizona, which is one of seven states to approve them.

“We’ve been very pleased with how quickly Starship has been embraced on college campuses,” said Starship Technologies senior vice president, business development, Ryan Tuohy. “These campuses are hubs of innovation and activity, with both students and faculty needing convenient and flexible services. Our on-demand delivery is perfectly suited to this environment and we can’t wait to introduce our robots to the students and faculty at Northern Arizona University.”

“This new robot delivery service complements the service on our premier residential campus and serves to enhance the exceptional dining and food offered to our students, faculty and staff,” said NAU president Dr. Rita Hartung Cheng. “Northern Arizona University is proud to partner with Sodexo and Starship to bring this creative and innovative technology to our Flagstaff campus.”


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