FOOD DELIVERY ROBOTS
FOOD DELIVERY ROBOTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
On the campus of the University of Idaho in Moscow, there is a lot of talk about little FOOD DELIVERY ROBOTS circulating around the campus.
“I was actually a bit confused, I wasn’t really sure what they were.
I had never seen anything like it before,” said University of Idaho senior Carlos Arriaga.
“It’s pretty neat, it’s the first campus in Idaho to have food delivery robots,” said Andrew Tucker, site manager of Starship Technologies.
“Definitely something I was surprised to see but it was really cool, honestly. Especially when I found out what they had done. I didn’t know they were delivering food until I saw the big sticker that said, Hey, I’m delivering food,” Arriaga said.
“We launched on campuses in 2018 and it is now the 25th campus in the United States. We also operate in 5 countries,” Tucker said.
Autonomous delivery robots are a product of Starship Technologies, a company created in 2014 by the founders of Skype. Its headquarters are in San Francisco, with engineering operations based in Estonia. To use it, you download the Starship application on your smartphone, then you can order in one of the restaurants on campus.
“When you place your order, before that you just tell him where you want him to meet you, so he’s outside your dorm or outside your house if you’re here on campus housing,” said Tucker.
“Once I downloaded the app, it was super easy to navigate. You just pick a place you want the robot to go, it has real-time tracking so you can follow it, then you’re out and get your food. Super easy to use,” said Arriaga.
“I ordered a bagel and a coffee, yeah. I had 15 minutes between classes so thought it would be a perfect opportunity to test it out and it worked perfectly.