Robots Now Delivering Food on Dallas Campus
7 college campuses now have robots delivering food to students and one of them is in Dallas. UT Dallas has just started the new food delivery service using the little Starship robots.
Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, the founders of Skype started this new company and they say it will revolutionize food service on college campuses. It will no longer take more than an hour to get lunch in a school cafeteria or a campus restaurant.
The service is up and going successfully at George Mason University, Northern Arizona University, Purdue, the University of Pittsburgh, University of California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The little ice chest looking robots can bring food to students and teachers on a campus meal plan. You simply order your food through an app and your food will arrive in a few minutes. It does cost you $1.99 for the service.
These bots can carry up to 20 pounds, which is the equivalent of 3 grocery bags of food. The Starship robots can cross the street, go over curbs and even maneuver through snow and ice. It has sensors and computer GPS technology on board to make sure the robot goes to the right place.
WFAA reports UT Dallas now has 30 fully autonomous robots delivering food all over campus.
“UT Dallas has always been on the cutting edge of excitement,” said VP of Facilities and Economic Development Dr. Calvin Jamison. “So anything that’s exciting and new, this is the place to try it.”