CORVALLIS — The obsolescence of humans is upon us.
The latest evidence can be found in Corvallis, where as of Wednesday, Oct. 21, robots began delivering food to Oregon State students, professors and staff. The university put out a statement heralding that it is “the first campus in the state to have autonomous delivery robots.”
The robots were created by a San Francisco company called Starship Technologies.
Kerry Paterson, who heads up Oregon State’s residential-dining services, said the “contactless” delivery system is a particularly valuable option for this pandemic year.
“This service is yet another way we can facilitate COVID protocols regulating restaurants,” he said.
The robots can keep food hot or cold, and they’re cleaned between deliveries.
Better still: the ‘bots are cute.
Offers the university press statement: “Paterson said most people find the robots pretty adorable, with their rounded bodies and steady pace as they hurry around campus.”
The person who ordered the food is texted a code that unlocks the robot’s pouch.
The autonomous-delivery technology also could prove to be a boon for restaurants that aren’t in college towns. In Michigan, the Ann Arbor-based company Refraction AI launched a self-driving robot that delivers food for 15% of the cost of the meal, about half the charge for human delivery.
Early reviews from restaurateurs and customers are positive, suggesting robot delivery service is going to live long and prosper.