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Robot food deliveries change college dining scene

April 11, 2019 05:39 PM

The days of stale dorm room cereal may soon be over for college students.

New technology is driving major changes in the on-campus dining scene, delivering food anywhere on campus at the touch of a smartphone button.

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For example, students at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia can get food delivered to their dorms, library or wherever they are on campus via robot.

The college is the first to team up with Sodexo and Starship Technologies to offer food and beverage delivery via autonomous robot -- with a low delivery fee.

Right now, the most popular restaurant is Blaze Pizza. Other restaurants coming on board include Dunkin', Subway, Steak 'n Shake, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A.

Since launching in late January, more than 10,000 deliveries have been made at GMU via robot and the fleet has grown to over 40.

Meantime, while the idea that robots are replacing human employees is a common notion, Sodexo and Starship say they've actually created more than 20 new positions for students. The jobs include either managing the robots or the orders associated with them.

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