University of Denver deploys robots for autonomous food delivery service
The University of Denver has launched an autonomous grocery delivery service that allows students to use contactless delivery across campus. The service has arrived thanks to a partnership between the food service giant Sodexo, the online ordering company Lunchbox and the delivery robot startup Kiwibot.
Sodexo and Lunchbox have jointly developed the Eats DU app, which makes the delivery service of the Kiwibot delivery robots easier. There are plans to expand the partnership to other locations, including workplaces, hospitals and entire cities.
A pilot of the service was carried out earlier this year, making 290 safety test deliveries, followed by 800 real deliveries to actual students and other members of the community.
“Delivery is even more expected by customers because of the convenience and security it offers,” said Kevin Rettle, vice president of offering development for Sodexo Universities. “We have partnered with the University of Denver and Kiwibot to create a safe, reliable, affordable, and fun way to not only meet the demands of our time, but also to continue to build on our track record of campus innovation.”
The first available location to order from is Einstein’s Bros Bagels. The cost of using the service, available to anyone in the coverage area with a smartphone and credit, is $ 2 per delivery. There is also the option of a monthly pass worth 15 USD.