Starship launches robot delivery at University of Tulsa

Zero-emission robots provide a sustainable delivery solution for campuses in the United States

Starship Technologies launched its robot-powered delivery at the University of Tulsa (TU) earlier this month. Students began enjoying a multitude of food options, including breakfast bagels and lattes, to Mr. Beast burgers and hot wings. Fifteen autonomous AI-powered robots will be delivering food orders around the campus from vendors.

Seven providers—Einstein Bros. Bagels; Tulsa Burgers & Wings; SOL Tex Mex; Subway; Benvenuto; Virtual Dining Concepts, which includes Mr. Beast Burgers, Tossed Salads, Mariah’s Cookie Boxes, Pardon My Cheese Steak, and Buddy V’s Cake Slices—make up the original selection of vendors providing food through the TU Starship program.

Nearly 4,000 students and 1,000 faculty and staff can now use the service via the Starship app (iOS and Android). They can order food and drinks from local businesses to be delivered anywhere on campus within minutes. What’s more, the service works in tandem with TU Dining Dollars and Hurricane Gold as well as credit cards.

Justin Yang, TU Student Association president, commented, “In a world of ever-changing situations in the life of a student, the Starship delivery robots are an amazing addition to campus! These robots give students the convenience of working around a busy schedule, during sickness or in emergencies by ordering food instead of having to make their way over to [a] dining location. On top of that, the robots are fun to see around campus. I’ve seen a ton of students taking pictures and videos of them and loving the way they navigate around campus!”

The TU Starship program follows other university-oriented programs across the country Starship started and fulfills via robot delivery. George Mason University, Northern Arizona University, Bridgewater State University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are among them. According to Starship, all campuses have increased the number of robots, dining options and hours of operation since launching to meet the high demand for the service.


“It’s always fun to bring our services to a new area, and we’re excited that University of Tulsa is the first school in Oklahoma to get deliveries from Starship robots,” said Chris Neider, director of business development at Starship Technologies. “The school is well-known for its engineering and STEM education, so we think many students will enjoy getting to see autonomous technology on campus. But we anticipate that enjoyment across the campus because the robots make people’s lives more convenient and have proven to be a fun addition to any campus or community where they provide service.”

Users can track their zero-emission delivery robots right in the app on an interactive map and also use the app to unlock their order upon receipt.

“TU is known as a high-tech university, so there’s no reason our dining options shouldn’t offer high-tech service,” said university President Brad R. Carson. “We recently installed robot lawn mowers on campus to maintain our large green spaces in a quiet and environmentally friendly manner. The Starship robot food delivery service is a convenient amenity that aligns with the TU brand.”


The robots from Starship Technologies use a combination of sophisticated machine learning, artificial intelligence and sensors to be able to travel on sidewalks and navigate around obstacles.

The food delivery program at TU will initially operate between 7:30 a.m. and 11 p.m.

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