Skip to comments.From coffee to crackers, UW-Madison robots deliver to meet higher student demand
Posted on 02/23/2020 9:04:35 AM PST by Ellendra
This winter semester, more UW-Madison students are bundled up inside, counting on app-based delivery robots to feed their appetites.
The maker Starship launched a fleet of thirty self-navigating campus food carriers in November. Since then, Peter Testory, the universitys director of dining, said orders have jumped more than 700 percent.
Testory said theres also a correlation between bad winter weather and service use.
When the order comes in with a ding, dining staff prepare the food at a campus kitchen. Runners or, oftentimes, kitchen managers take the food to the delivery bots parked outside. Once runners close the lids, the bots are off, finding their ways to customers pinned locations.
Alexis Larson-Simon, a kitchen manager, said that delivery requests can range from a cup of coffee to a bag of crackers.
Neha Prasad, a first-year student, typically eats at dining halls. She said that delivery robots are not necessities but are nice to have, to be a little lazier.
Prasad also said theres a fun perk of making the trip to a dining hall. Since everyone's so busy with classes... Most of the times it's meals that you can go and hang out with (your friends).
In November, Markus Zimmermann, Starships launch director, told NBC15 News the bots were designed to work in rain, cold temperatures and snow.
I can also see this becoming more popular if there's an epidemic in the US. Robots are already available that can do most or all of the cooking, or can pick orders at a warehouse. If robots can do the delivering as well, then that cuts down on the number of hands that touch your order.
And eventually turned into a intelligence gathering system by deep state actors.
I love the McDonald's kiosks: they understand English and they take card payment. After I pay, I help myself to a drink cup, get it filled, and, normally, my order is ready by then.
If I'm in need of some entertainment, I'll pay cash at the register. It's always fun watching adults try to count a handful of change.
Yeah, I’ve noticed that everybody walks around with a box of those under their arm.
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