Why Leave Your Dorm for Dinner When a Robot Can Deliver It?

Delivered from campus restaurant to university student: Robots make it easy.EXPAND
Delivered from campus restaurant to university student: Robots make it easy.
Starship Technologies
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The University of Texas at Dallas wraps this semester with some new additions to its campus: food-delivering robots.

The little machines, which look more or less like shiny coolers on sturdy wheels, are on-demand food delivery robots courtesy of Starship Technologies.

The San Francisco-based company specializes in these robots and is rolling them out on 100 campuses within 24 months. UTD is the second school in Texas to receive them, after the University of Houston.

“It’s giving the gift of time to students,” said Henry Harris-Burland, vice president of marketing at Starship Technologies.

Thirty of these robots landed at UTD just before the last days of classes, so they were available as students were studying for exams (or, let’s face it, doing whatever they might’ve been doing with their time).

“We see a surge of orders between 11 [p.m.] and 12 [a.m.],” Harris-Burland says.

Students use an app to call upon these robots to bring them food from dining locations on their campus, rolling along at 4 mph at most.

That means students can get Firehouse Subs, Einstein Bros. Bagels, the Halal Shack and more without getting out of their space — robots also go to the campus residences. Harris-Burland says that on other campuses so far, they’ve even had students who have started to make breakfast a part of their routine now that a robot can deliver it to them easily.

Harris-Burland says the company'es excited to be on this campus, especially because of one aspect special to UTD.

"UTD also has nationally ranked esports teams," Harris-Burland says. "We're really excited to deliver to them."

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.