Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus is now sharing its sidewalks with a fleet of robots that can deliver meals at the push of a button. Starship Technologies, an autonomous delivery service, on Sept. 9 launched robot food delivery services at Purdue,
Purdue’s 43,000 students, along with faculty and staff, can access the Starship Deliveries app (iOS and Android) to order food and drinks to be delivered anywhere on campus, within minutes. Local retailers will participate and will be announced in coming weeks.
“We’re excited to see this technology launch on Purdue’s campus,” said Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life. “Food delivery apps are becoming increasingly popular with college students, and these robots will take Purdue’s dining program to the next level. This service adds more options and flexibility for our campus diners.” More than 30 robots have been launched at Purdue. The service works in conjunction with student meal plans, costing $1.99 per delivery. By making food and drink more accessible, Starship saves time and reduces stress, aiming to make the busy lives of the Boilermaker community a little easier. A YouTube video is available here.