EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) –Simply earlier than the Fall semester begins, the New Mexico State College fundamental campus has been swarmed by robots. However not simply any variety; they’re cute, quick and environment friendly by delivering sizzling and scrumptious meals.
The Kiwibot meals supply service is launching at NMSU and offers college students shifting into campus dorms a fast choice to get contemporary meals from Sodexo-serviced places on campus. Officers stated the meals are ordered by means of the Sodexo Chunk+ app and paid for as a part of a meal plan subscription or a la carte. This distinctive service was developed with college students’ wants in thoughts, however it’s additionally out there to NMSU school and workers. Proper now, meal choices are restricted to Sodexo choices, however there are plans to increase to varied campus eateries. “We’re launching Kiwibot at choose Sodexo-serviced places as we check and ideal this system,” stated Dwayne Wisniewski, director of NMSU Eating. “Our purpose is to increase it within the coming months to greater than 10 meals retailers throughout campus, together with Subway, Chick-fil-A and Einstein Bros. Bagels.” Kiwibots ship meals through a locked compartment that solely the recipient can open by means of the Chunk+ app. Every robotic is totally sanitized between deliveries. The common supply time is 20 to 35 minutes, relying on distance and peak meal supply instances. “We’re excited to develop our robotic meals supply service with Kiwibot and supply prospects with a secure, handy, contactless and modern resolution,” stated Aurelia Valot, Sodexo vice chairman of Digital Transformation and Innovation. Kiwibot is an organization primarily based in Berkeley, California and has been met with nice success on the College of Denver, downtown San Jose, Calif., Medellín, Colombia, and Taipei, Taiwan. David Rodriguez, director of technique and enterprise operations at Kiwibot, stated Kiwibot launched in 2017 in Colombia and began increasing within the U.S. final 12 months. Kiwibot’s reputation grew when the COVID-19 pandemic created a requirement for supply companies and was additionally used to ship meals for meals pantries at a number of places. Kiwibot supply hours are depending on common Sodexo location enterprise hours.