Everything we know about the Starship food delivery robots


They made first contact on George Mason University’s campus in Northern Virginia.

Humming along at about 4 mph, Starship Technologies’ alien-looking food delivery robots became instantly popular with students after the program’s January launch. Months later, the Starship robots touched down at Northern Arizona University.

And later this month, Pitt will have its own close encounter. The white, 2-foot tall battery-powered delivery robots will be sharing the sidewalk with Oakland pedestrians starting sometime in late September.

Starship announced in August that it will partner with Pitt and its dining contractor Sodexo to allow customers to order products from campus vendors like Forbes Street Market for home delivery via the robots.