Self-driving food delivery robots deployed at University of Houston

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 18:06:31-05

HOUSTON, TX — Life as a University of Houston Cougar just got a lot cooler!

A fleet of 30 Starship autonomous delivery robots has been deployed at the University of Houston.

The university is the first institution of higher education in the state to offer robotic food deliveries on campus.

Students, faculty and staff can order food from various on-campus dining locations through the Starship Deliveries app, and the robots will deliver the food to where the customer drops a location pin.

Customers will also be able to track their delivery in real-time. The robot will stop at the building's nearest outdoor entrance.

The robots can also carry up to 20 pounds, or about three shopping bags of groceries.

“This revolutionary delivery method will make it more convenient for the campus community to take advantage of our diverse dining program from anywhere on campus while expanding the hours of operation,” said Emily Messa, UH Associate Vice President for Administration. “By opening our campus to this innovative service, which is paid for by the customers, the university didn’t have to spend any money purchasing the technology, yet we’re enhancing our food delivery capabilities.”

Delivery hours will vary depending on the restaurant. There is also a $1.99 delivery fee. Payment can be made through credit, debit or Cougar Cash.