Grubhub launches 50 “cutting edge” autonomous delivery robots

Grubhub has launched 50 new “cutting-edge” autonomous delivery robots bringing “smarter, better and faster” deliveries to 60,000 students.

The rapid delivery giant has partnered with Yandex Self-Driving Group to roll out dozens of delivery robots at the Ohio State University (OSU) as part of a new trial.

Students at the university can now order food via the Grubhub app to be delivered between 9am and 9pm seven days a week to every residence hall on campus, as well as the university library.

Yandex’s robots are capable of independent navigating pavements, crosswalks and pedestrian areas, can operate in the dark and in adverse weather conditions including rain and snow, all while keeping food warm.

“We’re excited to bring this cutting-edge and efficient delivery experience to students at The Ohio State University,” Grubhub’s vice president of corporate and campus partners Brian Madigan said.

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“OSU and Grubhub have worked together for years to offer students a variety of ways to enjoy the food they love on campus. Now we’re building on our efforts to enhance the dining experience through Yandex’s rover technology for quicker and easier deliveries.”

Yandex Self-Driving Group’s business development executive Peter Szelei added: “By partnering with Grubhub, we can bring robotic delivery to some of the people who need it most – students, researchers and professors who are short on time.

“Not only do the rovers enhance the current food delivery options, but open new possibilities for smarter, better and faster dining. Imagine ordering morning coffee and grabbing it from a robot waiting at your doorstep as you head out to class, or studying in a park with friends and requesting a rover to roll up and deliver snacks. We’re thrilled to support making these possibilities a reality.”

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