FRAMINGHAM – Kiwibot, a robotic sidewalk delivery startup, announces its arrival at Framingham State University to ensure an affordable on-campus food delivery service for students.
Students start moving in this weekend and start classes next week.
“Sodexo has been a great food service partner for the University, as they continually evolve to meet the desires of our community. The addition of Kiwibot technology is the latest advance and I know many of our students will be excited to have these mini delivery systems coming right to them, on our campus,” said Framingham State University President Nancy Niemi.
By using this new service, students will be able to enjoy their food delivery with zero carbon emissions, helping them reduce their carbon footprints and encouraging delivery services to be as sustainable as possible. Kiwibot’s proven track record is in part due to its ongoing relationship with Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company.
“The success of our partnership with Kiwibot has shown us that students and campuses alike are excited for the opportunity to utilize this cutting-edge technology,” Region Chair of Sodexo North America Sarosh Mistry said. “Kiwibot allows us to offer students a contactless and convenient option for food delivery, and this year we are excited to bring this automated delivery service to more campuses than ever before.”
Through Sodexo’s new mobile application, Everyday, students can place an order with their chosen restaurant and a robot will pick up the food and deliver it to the selected drop-off location on campus.
Users receive a unique link to track the order, follow the robot’s location in real-time, and finally, open the lid and enjoy their meal.
The hours of operation are from 4 p.m. to midnight and there will be 15 operating at Framingham State University.
To ensure safe operations on campus, Kiwibot relies on the most advanced technology and a semi-autonomous driving system. The robots create a virtual visualization of the world in real- time, using high-tech sensors, reflective flags, night lights, and a range lidar. Human supervisors are on watch if additional assistance is needed and an on-site team will be ready for immediate support.
“Kiwibots will bring joy to everyone on campus: This service allows students, faculty, and staff to not only invest their time more productively but also to merge into robotics,” said John Tarin, Head of Global Operations at Kiwibot.
It is an exciting endeavor for Kiwibot to be part of the Framingham State University community and to help students get closer to the world of technology, robotics, and entrepreneurship. The on-site Kiwibot team will be available to participate in campus events.