NAU Students Will Now See Food-Delivery Robots On Campus

Beginning this week, robots begin delivering numbers food options across the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff.

Having launched March 25, the automated delivery service is run under a venture between robot-maker Starship Technologies and Sodexo Inc., a food-service and facilities-management company. Einstein Bros. Bagels and other campus restaurants will provide food that students can order through a university meal plan.

In late January, Starship and Sodexo launched the food-delivery service at George Mason University in Virginia.

30 robots make up the fleet at NAU, while the units resemble large ice chests on six wheels. Orders can be placed using an app provided by Starship. The app allows food deliveries on sidewalks anywhere on campus. Each delivery costs $1.99 and works in conjunction with student meal plans.

“They’ll pick up food from our campus restaurants and deliver it anywhere on campus,” said Ben Hartley, Sodexo’s director of campus dining at NAU.

Additional delivery-eligible restaurants include Star Ginger, Cobrizo Mexican Grill, Turnip the Greens, G’s New York Style Deli and the Wedge Market and Pizza.