George Mason University students can now buy fuel for their learning sessions without going to the dining room. As of Tuesday, January 22, the college offers a robotic food delivery service on its campus in Fairfax, Virginia.
The new system, a collaboration between Sodexo and Starship Technologies, is the first of its kind to be integrated into a college eating plan. To use them, students first need to download the Starship Deliveries app for Android or iOS. From there, they can order food and drinks from a handful of places, including Blaze Pizza, Starbucks, Dunkin & # 39; and the on-campus grocery store. Deliveries cost $ 1.99 per ride and usually take about 15 minutes.
Service is provided by the school fleet of more than 25 delivery robots. The box-shaped vehicles can take up to 20 pounds or about three grocery shopping bags at about knee height. They navigate autonomously on campus, updating users on the trip in real time via an interactive map in the Starship app, and when they arrive, users can open the hatch from their cell phones. "This is a convenience for students to attend Food, their food and their parcels, "said Ryan Tuohy, SVP of Business Development at Starship Technologies. "Our goal is to make life a bit easier for students, whether it's skipping the line, having lunch on the lawn, rather than eating in the café, or finding the time to eat better when you study for exams. " The university is the newest place to experiment with the delivery of food via a robot. Domino introduced similar autonomous vehicles in New Zealand in 201