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Food delivery robots coming to Purdue University's campus

The city of West Lafayette will begin the pilot-program next month.

Posted: Aug 20, 2019 6:37 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A new robot food-delivery service is coming to Purdue University.

The city of West Lafayette will begin the pilot-program next month. The creators of Skype are behind this new device called the Starship Technology Robot.

The company reached out to Purdue a few months. After thorough research, the university decided this would be a good fit for staff and students. The robot is run through a food-delivery service app.

Rob Wynkoop with Purdue's Technology Center said it's easy and efficient.

“You can order food from a number of different destinations on campus and within 30 minutes you can have that delivered to the point of your choosing,” said Wynkoop.

Rob Wynkoop with Purdue's technology center said these robots are smart.

“The robot goes out of its way to get out of people's way if it senses someone approaching it or even a street sign or something in its way, it will go out of its way to move around it,” said Wynkoop.

The university will be testing the robots on campus starting Wednesday, Aug. 21. The service will be available for use in September.

Purdue University is the first campus in the midwest to test this service. Wynkoop said they'll look into expanding further in the community after seeing its success on campus. 

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