“We’re thrilled to be working with Grubhub to delight students and campus staff with robot delivery,” said Christian Bersch, CEO of Cartken. “This collaboration perfectly aligns with our mission to use robotics and AI technology to provide friction-free and environmentally sustainable delivery, and to have robots serve the community. We are excited to scale alongside Grubhub and offer robot delivery to students on campuses across the country.”
A section of the international internet market for meal delivery services Just Eat Takeaway.com. The cuisine that their favorite nearby restaurants love to provide, it is associated with more than 32 million customers. Grubhub uses cutting-edge restaurant technology and user-friendly platforms to enhance the ordering process for a better delivery experience.
More than 320 000 eateries in over 4,000 US locations are affiliated with Grubhub. The collaboration officially started in June 2022.
“Robot delivery is exciting for students and helps provide even better service and innovative solutions to our campus partners,” said Eric Harper, senior director of campus environments at Grubhub. “We’ve worked with Ohio State University for years on the campus dining front, and they are always an early adopter of solutions that create efficiencies for their operations and improve the student experience. We look forward to supporting our university partners and responding to their unique delivery environments as we roll out this technology at other campuses in the coming months.”
Cartken uses autonomous robot platforms to connect local companies in places like shopping centers, industrial parks, and residential areas. The Cartken team combines extensive experience in delivery operations, robots driven by AI, and self-driving automobiles.
The alliance is focusing its pilot initiative on college campuses like Ohio State University. In order to give students access to directly integrating meal plans into their Grubhub accounts, Grubhub has collaborated with more than 250 college campuses across the United States.
Moreover, it gives the restaurant access to on- and off-campus delivery and pickup services. When it comes to navigating the school environment, autonomous robots seem to be the ideal solution.
The robot uses camera-based navigation and mapping technologies along with Cartken’s AI. It is designed for use in compact autonomous cars for operation near people on foot. For instance, a path is blocked as one possible choice for the human override. The use of robots ensures a dependable operation with less delivery lag.
Cartken’s robots operate up to three miles per hour on campus and can manage diverse weather conditions such as rain and snow.
“Robot delivery has been very popular on campus this past school year, validating our prediction that students would appreciate autonomous mobile delivery,” said Zia Ahmed, senior director of Student Life Dining Services at Ohio State University. “We are excited about the return of robots to campus, and we have been testing the Cartken robots during the spring semester with the same vision to lower the cost of delivery, reduce the time it takes to deliver food, and enhance sustainability.”