Grubhub is teaming up with the Russian technology giant Yandex to deliver food to students and others on American college campuses with assistance autonomous robots. Companies are deal a multi-year partnership, and the robots will begin dropping orders at select campuses this fall. Grubhub works with more than 250 colleges across the country.
Yandex says its robots can access areas and move through obstacles that cars cannot. They will be able to deliver food mainly in pedestrian areas, and the robot delivery service will be integrated into Grubhub’s app. When the robot approaches the destination, the customer will receive a notification. They can download their order using the app to unlock the hatch on the robot.
The machines use the same self-driving technology as the ones Yandex autonomous cars, and can work in a variety of weather conditions. Yandex uses robots for its own food and grocery delivery services in Russia. Rovers have been fulfilling orders at restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan, since April.
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