George Mason University students can have robots deliver food through meal plans
Photo courtesy of Sodexo and Starship Technologies

George Mason University students can have robots deliver food through meal plans

The university is the first to include robot delivery in its meal plans.

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January 28, 2019
Food & Wine Magazine

Another college has jumped aboard the food-wielding robot train. A few weeks ago, PepsiCo unleashed a fleet of self-driving snack delivery bots across the University of the Pacific's California campus, and now, Fairfax, Virginia's George Mason University has incorporated 25 robots into its official meal plan (making it the first of its kind). 

The new system, a collaboration between food service company Sodexo Inc. and autonomous delivery service Starship Technologies, is available to GMU's 40,000 students, faculty, and staff starting this week. As with the University of the Pacific's robot delivery system, George Mason University users must first download an app. From there, they can order food and drinks from a handful of locations (Blaze Pizza, Starbucks, Dunkin, the on-campus grocery store) for a $1.99 delivery fee, in conjunction with their meal plans.

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