Grubhub launches autonomous robot deliveries for US college students

Grubhub has announced a multi-year partnership with Russian tech giant Yandex to deliver food to US college campuses with self-driving vehicles.

The financial terms of the deal are yet to be announced but Yandex’s autonomous fleet will join the US food delivery company’s platform this autumn.

Grubhub currently has partnerships with 250 US college campuses to deliver food to students.

“We chose to partner with Grubhub for campus delivery because of its unparalleled reach into college campuses across the United States, as well as the flexibility and strength of their ordering platform,” Yandex self-driving group chief executive Dmitry Polishchuk said.

“We are delighted to deploy dozens of our rovers, taking the next step in actively commercialising our self-driving technology in different markets across the globe.”

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Grubhub vice president of corporate and campus partners Brian Madigan added: “Together with Yandex, we’re changing the way college students experience food delivery.”

“We’re excited to offer these cost-effective, scalable and quick food ordering and delivery capabilities to colleges and universities across the country that are looking to adapt to students’ unique dining needs.

“While college campuses are notoriously difficult for cars to navigate, specifically as it relates to food delivery, Yandex robots easily access parts of campuses that vehicles cannot, effectively removing a major hurdle universities face when implementing new technology.”

Grubhub was recently acquired by food delivery giant JustEat last month in an all-share deal of $7.3 billion.

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