Brookings Registry | Robot delivery expands off-campus

BROOKINGS – Starship Technologies has announced that it is expanding its robot delivery service to Brookings.

On-demand robot delivery is now available off-campus in a new service area bordered by the north side of Sixth Street between Ninth and 20th Avenues.

The robots debuted at SDSU in November. Due to demand for delivery, South Dakota State University and the City of Brookings wanted to make this service available to more restaurants and consumers and give Brookings residents the opportunity to try this service.

To get started, users open the Starship Food Delivery app (iOS and Android) to choose from a range of their favorite foods or drinks, then drop a pin to where they want their delivery sent. They can then observe the robot’s journey to them, via an interactive map.

Once the robot arrives, they receive an alert, and can then meet and unlock it through the app. The robots make one delivery at a time – whether it’s an individual or bulk order – so only the person who placed the order can unlock the robot, making ordering as secure as possible. possible.

Delivery usually only takes a few minutes, depending on the menu items ordered and the distance the robot has to travel. Each robot can carry about three bags of goods.

“We’re really excited for residents and off-campus students to try our service,” said Ryan Tuohy, senior vice president of business development and sales at Starship Technologies. “Everyone loves the convenience of on-demand delivery, and our eco-friendly robots work whenever people need them. We look forward to adding more restaurants soon.

Starship Technologies operates daily around the world. Its zero-emission robots have made more than 3 million autonomous deliveries, traveled millions of miles and made more than 140,000 road crossings every day.

The robots use a combination of sophisticated machine learning, artificial intelligence and sensors to navigate sidewalks and around obstacles.

Computer vision-based navigation helps robots map their surroundings down to the centimeter. Robots can cross streets, climb sidewalks, move at night, and operate in rain and snow.

A team of humans can also monitor their progress remotely and have the ability to take control at any time. Starship hires a team of students on each campus, giving them first-hand experience of AI and the future of transportation.

“With the expansion of robots on the north side of Sixth Street, between Ninth and 20th Avenues, residents will now see robots delivering off-campus. Because of this, residents may wonder how this will affect traffic and road use. They can also see the robots moving on sidewalks. It is important to note that the robots will respect the rules of the road. Just watch out for new pedestrians in town; watch them and respect their space as you would a human pedestrian,” said Chelsie Bakken Brookings, public information officer.

Although the robots primarily operate on sidewalks, they also use crosswalks as needed to make a delivery. Residents who see robots in crosswalks should slow down and proceed with caution, as they would if pedestrians or pets were in the crosswalk. Robots are designed to maneuver around objects in their path and prioritize safety wherever they operate.

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