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Carolina Food Co.

  • A Starship robot with a Grubhub logo on the side rolling near the Maxcy Monument on the Horseshoe

Carolina Food Co.

Grubhub and Starship Delivery

Grubhub and Starship Technologies have partnered with Carolina Food Co. to offer a futuristic delivery service! That's right, now you can have your favorite on-campus foods brought to you by robot!

Food, via app and autonomous robots

Enjoy savory snacks, sweet treats and hearty meals from all over the University of South Carolina campus without leaving the comfort of your favorite on-campus hangout spot. The robots provide a safe, fast, affordable and environmentally-friendly delivery.

Ready to try the future of food delivery?

  1. Download the Grubhub app (Apple, Google Play)
  2. Go to Account > Campus Dining
  3. Select University of South Carolina from the list and fill out the prompts
  4. Go to the homepage and order from any restaurant labeled "Offers Robot Delivery"!

You can pay for your Starship delivery order in the Grubhub app with meal plan dollars, CarolinaCash or with your credit or debit card. Meal plan swipes are not accepted for delivery. The delivery fee is $3.49.

Currently, the delivery zone is bounded by Gervais, Assembly and Blossom streets. Future expansion is in the works. If a guest tries to order delivery for outside of the current delivery area, the order will fail.

11 restaurants serve the University of South Carolina campus, including:

  • Chick-fil-A 
  • Colloquium
  • The Coop at Russell House
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Halal Shack
  • Horseshoe Deli
  • Panda Express
  • Panera Bread
  • Qdoba
  • Starbucks Welsh
  • Village Juice and Kitchen

You can also order your Grubhub for pickup from our restaurants across campus to speed your progress across campus.

Learn more about Starship's mission to transform the future of delivery.

More Robot Data

  • Most of the time, the robots drive autonomously, using a combination of computer vision and GPS to pinpoint their exact location to the nearest inch. They are designed to act like pedestrians, so they mainly travel on sidewalks but can cross roads.
  • The robot has 12 cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radars, neural networks and more to help detect obstacles (whether that's a dog or a pedestrian/cyclist). It also has many theft-prevention measures like a securely locked lid, sirens that go off if it's picked up and the cameras which can record.
  • These devices are 99% autonomous operation. The robot can be monitored remotely by a human who can take control at any time if needed. There is a staff member on campus to make sure the robots are running effectively.
  • The robot weighs 40-45 pounds, travels safely at four miles per hour, and it can carry up to 20 pounds.
  • The robots are temperature controlled to ensure that whether your food is hot or cold, it will be delivered at just the right temperature. These robots are also equipped with cup holders and dividers to make sure that nothing is spilled on its way to you. And they are cleaned and sanitized before every delivery.
  • Starship is an American company headquartered in San Francisco, and the robots are manufactured in Europe. They are safe, green and 100% electric.

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