If you live on a college campus, prepare to see more delivery robots around. Just don’t expect one of them to bring you beer.
Starship Technologies has announced that their slow, steady, and meticulous takeover of the world will continue at 100 universities in the next two years, thanks to $40 million in new funding, presumably from the pro-Skynet contingent.
The robots will deliver just about everything: Starbucks, pizza, sushi, and anything else a college kid might need at 1 a.m. during finals week or your average Tuesday night. (CNET notes the robots typically deliver anytime between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m., seven days a week.)
As for perhaps one of the more popular items on college campuses — beer — Starship didn’t have any insight as to whether their robots would be delivering suds to your door, but it basically depends upon your state’s alcohol laws.
College campuses getting robots are the perfect proving ground for the tech. There’s high demand from students who don’t want to leave their dorm room for any reason. Plus, the robots can tread through the rain-snow that wallops campuses in the cold, dark heart of the school year.
Plus, big campuses are designed more for pedestrian traffic and less for, say, Postmates or Uber Eats delivery drivers. Starship has partnered with both local and national chains across the college towns and include college-friendly delivery fees that “vary by locations but are typically $1.99 or less.”
The new round of robots hit the streets at the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday and will arrive at Purdue University in Indiana on September 9.
Lex Bayer, CEO of Starship Technologies, said in the company’s press release, “An entire generation of university students are growing up in a world where they expect to receive a delivery from a robot after a few taps on their smartphone.”
So, keep your eyes peeled — at the ground — for the delivery bots who are about to make your life a whole lot easier.