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NAU launches fleet of autonomous food delivery robots

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Mar 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-30 18:24:26-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Dozens of cooler-like robots on wheels have begun rolling around Northern Arizona University's main campus in Flagstaff to deliver meals from Einstein Bros. Bagels, Cobrizo Mexican Grill and other retailers to hundreds of students a day.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports Bay Area startup Starship Technologies' launch of the robotic delivery service Monday at NAU follows the beginning of similar service two months ago at George Mason University in Virginia.

The 50-pound (about 23-kilogram) autonomous bots, which can travel up to 4 mph (6.4 kph), are part of an ongoing partnership between Starship and food provider Sodexo.

The permission of these devices to use Arizona sidewalks will expire in September of 2020 unless lawmakers renew the mandate.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/