Starship Technologies, a San Francisco-based robotics startup, has expanded its delivery robots service to Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff campus and marking the first commercial deployment of sidewalk delivery robots in Arizona. Two months ago, the company rolled out delivery robots to George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. The ongoing partnership between Starship and food and facilities management provider Sodexo, this week over 30 robots will start shipping food and drink from Cobrizo Turnip the Greens, Mexican Grill, the Wedge Market, and Pizza, G’s NY Style Deli, Star Ginger, and other retailers to nearly 25,000 students, faculty, and staff members in the NAU.
As per the reports, the deliveries will cost a flat USD1.99 and work in conjunction with student meal plans. In that effort, Starship’s mobile app for Android and iOS will handle ordering, where customers have to choose what they’d like from a menu and drop a map pin where they want their delivery to be sent. After that, the company’s autonomous machines, which can carry up to 20 pounds of goods in their password-locked compartments, will get moving, all the while continuously reporting their location. Then the delivery robots will issue an alert through the app when they arrive at their destination. On the technical end, six-wheeled delivery robots pack with 9 cameras and ultrasonic sensors that afford them a 360-degree view of their surroundings.
With a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour, the robots are capable of recharging, crossing streets, traveling at night, climbing curbs, and operating in rain and snow without human supervision. However, in precaution front, a team of teleoperators supervises their progress and take control of that if needed. The new move comes after the partnerships with Domino’s in Germany, food-delivery firm Just Eat in London, and DoorDash in the U.S.