Robots delivering groceries on Ball State campus

MUNCIE, Indiana – The spacecraft has landed at Ball State University.

As of Wednesday, a fleet of 24 Starship food delivery robots were deployed and made available to Ball State’s faculty, staff and students. These state-of-the-art robots allow users to have food, snacks and drinks delivered directly to them from a variety of on-campus restaurants.

According to Starship Technologies, the delivery robots can deliver goods equivalent to three grocery bags and are equipped with six wheels, obstacle detection, 12 cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar and more.

Starship robots produce zero emissions and are already in use on college campuses across the country. Starship Technologies said its delivery robots have made more than 3.5 million deliveries and traveled millions of miles.

“Ball State has a very dense campus and we think the students will love having the robots become part of their community to make their life with robots more convenient and probably a little bit more fun!” said Chris Neider, Director of Business Development at Starship Technologies.

People who want to use Starship’s delivery robots need to download the Starship Food Delivery app on their mobile phone. Users can then order from multiple campus dining locations in the app and choose a delivery location or place a pin where they meet the robot.

“The Starship robots provide our students, faculty and staff, and campus visitors with a safe and effective way to have food delivered to their location,” said Karen Adkins, senior director of Additional Services for Dining, Catering and Events. “This will make for a more enjoyable campus experience while saving time for those using the service.” Robots delivering groceries on Ball State campus

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