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A fleet of high-tech robots has deployed at a northern Virginia university for the noble purpose of delivering pizza, doughnuts and coffee on demand to students.
More than 25 knee-high, cooler-shaped robots began delivery duty Tuesday at George Mason University in Fairfax.
Ryan - Tuohy - Vice - President - Business
Ryan Tuohy, senior vice president for business development at San Francisco-based Starship Technologies, which makes the robots, said hundreds of delivery orders were placed on the service's first day.
The company's partnership with Sodexo, which holds the catering contract at George Mason, means students can get deliveries from Blaze Pizza, Starbucks and Dunkin for a $1.99 fee. A convenience store is also participating and more vendors are expected to join the program later.
Robots - Curbs - Pounds - Kilograms - Cargo
The six-wheeled robots can climb curbs and hold up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of cargo.
The robots drew smiles and bemused looks from students who stopped to take pictures as they plodded along campus Wednesday making lunch deliveries.
Justin - Plassmeyer - Computer - Science - Pizza
Justin Plassmeyer, a senior computer science major, got a pizza delivery Wednesday as his friends watched and took photos. The robot took about eight minutes to make a delivery that a person walking briskly might have done in five. The robots are slowed a little by the need to use ramps instead of...
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