Food delivery robots launched on UT Dallas campus

food delivery robot on UT Dallas campus
The Starship robots travel autonomously in premapped areas using a combination of computer vision and GPS. (Courtesy Starship Technologies)

The Starship robots travel autonomously in premapped areas using a combination of computer vision and GPS. (Courtesy Starship Technologies)

Robots are now delivering food to students at The University of Texas at Dallas.

The university’s dining department partnered with Starship Technologies to bring 30 food-delivery robots to campus. UT Dallas joins the University of Houston as the only universities in the state to offer the technology, according to a UT Dallas spokesperson.

The 45-pound robots are able to travel autonomously in premapped areas using a combination of computer vision and GPS, according to a FAQ posted on the UT Dallas website.

Students can download the Starship Deliveries app for access to delivery from 10 dining locations, including Papa John’s, Halal Shack and Einstein Bros. Bagels. Additional restaurants will come online in the future, according to the FAQ.

Starship robots can carry up to 20 pounds and travel at about four miles per hour, according to the FAQ. They have the ability to climb curbs, cross streets and travel in harsh weather conditions.


The recipient can track the robot’s location. Once it arrives, students can use the app to unlock the robot. A fee of $1.99 is charged for each delivery.

For more information on the robots, visit www.dineoncampus.com/utdallasdining/delivery-robots.
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By Olivia Lueckemeyer

Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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