Card system vendor TouchNet has developed an extensive network of third-party vendors with its Ready Partner Program, designed to provide TouchNet customers with a catalog of third-party providers that are validated to integrate into TouchNet solutions. Among the ever-growing list of TouchNet Ready Partners is Starship Technologies – the company now renowned for its fleet of autonomous delivery robots. Robot delivery was already proving its viability before the arrival of a global pandemic, but it seems that this service has only grown in importance.
A fleet of 20 Starship delivery robots began processing student orders at Oregon State University this week. The popular autonomous delivery robots are now serving OSU students, faculty and staff with contactless delivery across the university’s sprawling 500-acre campus, and marks the first arrival of Starship to a campus in the state of Oregon.
Arizona State University is the latest institution to turn to robot delivery from Starship, with a fleet of 40 autonomous robots being deployed on the Tempe campus. Assisting in the initiative is ASU’s food-service provider, Aramark, who has partnered with delivery robot provider Starship Technologies to provide the program to higher education institutions.
Georgia Southern University is the first institution in the state to provide Starship robots for food delivery to faculty, staff and students. The initiative will deploy 20 of Starship’s autonomous delivery robots to deliver food from on-campus dining locations to designated pickup locations, and offer students another option for dining on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently partnered with Starship Technologies to enable students to place food orders to be delivered by the company’s fleet of autonomous delivery robots. Now, university officials have successfully added the Wiscard, UW-Madison’s student ID card as a form of payment with the service.
The University of Mississippi implemented a new campus dining initiative on campus to start the spring semester, adding Starship Technologies’ delivery robots. Ole Miss has deployed 30 of the autonomous delivery units and is supporting orders for a number of on-campus dining franchises.
A startup company founded by two robotics experts at the University of Michigan is attempting to break into the recently expanding arena of robot delivery with a new delivery robot concept. Refraction has launched its autonomous delivery robot, the REV-1, and is delivering food orders from four independent restaurants within in a 2.5-mile radius of Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan.
The University of Texas at Dallas has reached an agreement with Starship Technologies that will see the company’s delivery robots deployed on the Dallas campus. The university’s food service provider, Chartwells, partnered with Starship Technologies to bring 30 delivery robots to the UT Dallas campus with the program officially launching on December 3.
Starship Technologies’ march on college campuses continues this week, with the addition of the University of Houston to the company’s autonomous robot delivery service. The Starship robots will now deliver food and drinks from participating merchants to students on the Houston campus.
Starship Technologies has added another university to its growing list of campus clients, with the announcement that the University of Wisconsin-Madison will deploy the company’s robot delivery system on campus. UW-Madison will deploy a fleet of 30 Starship food delivery robots this week, and will open the delivery service to its 66,000 students faculty and staff from a roster of university-run, on-campus dining locations.