Online food-ordering and delivery platform Grubhub has partnered with technology start-up Cartken to offer robot delivery to college campuses in the US.
The robot delivery was first piloted at Ohio State University in the spring, and a full rollout is expected when students return to campus later this year.
Grubhub Campus Environments senior director Eric Harper said: “Robot delivery is exciting for students and helps provide even better service and innovative solutions to our campus partners.
“We’ve worked with Ohio State University for years on the campus dining front, and they are always an early adopter of solutions that create efficiencies for their operations and improve the student experience.
“We look forward to supporting our university partners and responding to their unique delivery environments as we roll out this technology at other campuses in the coming months.”
Currently, Grubhub has an alliance with more than 250 college campuses across the US, providing students with the ability to integrate meal plans directly into their Grubhub accounts and access on- and off-campus restaurants for delivery and pickup.
Its new partnership with Cartken for autonomous robot delivery builds on its existing campus offering.
Cartken CEO Christian Bersch said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Grubhub to delight students and campus staff with robot delivery.
“This collaboration perfectly aligns with our mission to use robotics and AI technology to provide friction-free and environmentally sustainable delivery, and have robots serve the community. We are excited to scale alongside Grubhub and offer robot delivery to students on campuses across the country.”
The company claims that its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered robots can navigate pavements and pedestrian paths within the campus area without human guidance.
Last August, Grubhub partnered with Yandex Self-Driving Group to launch 50 delivery bots to supply food to students at the Ohio State University campus.