Starship Technologies, the world’s leading provider of autonomous delivery services, rolled out its robot food delivery service on the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) campus.
Starship’s fleet of 16 autonomous, on-demand robots will deliver from all campus eateries. The school’s students and faculty can now use the Starship app to order food and drinks from local retailers to be delivered anywhere on campus, within minutes.
University environments have been used as a kind of laboratory for the use of delivery with robots. Because they are confined to a smaller space, but with urban characteristics, they can pave the way for the expansion of these robots in large cities. In addition, robot companies can bring technology closer to students who, eventually, can work in this field.
“We know these students appreciate tech so we think it will be a great experience for them to interact with our robots every day. Plus, we can’t wait to hire some of them for valuable real-world training.”Chris Neider, director of business development at Starship Technologies.
Starship Technologies operates commercially on a daily basis around the world. Its zero-emission robots have made more than 4 million autonomous deliveries, traveled millions of miles and make more than 140,000 road crossings every day.
The robots use a combination of sophisticated machine learning, artificial intelligence and sensors to travel on sidewalks and navigate around obstacles. The computer vision-based navigation helps the robots to map their environment to the nearest inch.
Besides that, the robots can cross streets, climb curbs, travel at night and operate in both rain and snow. A team of humans can also monitor their progress remotely and can provide assistance if needed.