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Food delivery robots; photo by Matt Cashore 02012023

The University of Notre Dame, Grubhub and Starship Technologies are introducing robot delivery via Starship’s fleet on campus, starting today.

During the initial launch, Starship’s fleet of up to 30 on-demand robots will deliver from six campus eateries: Au Bon Pain, Garbanzo, The Gilded Bean, Hagerty Family Cafe, Modern Market and Taco Bell. The University’s more than 17,000 students, faculty and staff can now use the Grubhub app (iOS and Android) to order food and drinks from on-campus retailers to be delivered nearly anywhere on campus, within minutes. The service also works in conjunction with students’ meal plans. By spring, the robot fleet will reach 50 and will service additional Campus Dining eateries.

“We are thrilled to partner with Grubhub and Starship Technologies to bring robot delivery to our students, faculty and staff on campus. The robots will provide increased accessibility to our campus units by conveniently bringing the food to our customers, filling a void in the service that we currently have,” said Luigi Alberganti, executive director of campus dining.

Robot delivery is easy to use via the Grubhub app. To get started, diners open the Grubhub app and choose from a range of restaurants labeled “Offers Robot Delivery,” and then select the location to send their delivery. They can watch via an interactive map as the robot makes its journey to their location. Once the robot arrives, they receive an alert to meet and unlock the robot through the app. Each robot can carry the equivalent of about three shopping bags of goods.

“We’re excited to bring robot delivery to Notre Dame’s campus and continue supporting innovation within its campus dining program,” said Adam Herbert, senior director of campus partnerships at Grubhub. “Robot delivery is a natural progression of

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Google Messages is expanding its new delivery indicators to more people

Following initial testing, more people are seeing the change now


Google Messages remains its parent company’s weapon of choice to take digs at Apple for refusing to play nicely with the RCS messaging standard. RCS chats include a bunch of handy features like read receipts and end-to-end encryption which place them up at the same level as the best instant messaging utilities like Signal and WhatsApp. Some features like the checkmark-style delivery and read indicators were only available in beta until recently, but appear to be rolling out more widely now.

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In October 2022, Google started beta testing a replacement for the spelled-out Sent, Delivered, and Read delivery indicators in the Messages app. The iconography based replacements are check marks in circles, where a single indicator appears for sent messages, two indicators appear side-by-side for delivered ones, and the checkmarks appear filled when the text gets read. These checkmarks seem to be arriving for a whole lot more beta testers recently in the Messages app. We are currently seeing them on at least two phones enrolled in the beta that didn’t have the feature when testing began.

Old read indicator (left); new read indicator (right)

A wider rollout of the new message delivery indicators would be a pleasant visual change, bringing the Google Messages app one step closer to feature parity with rival services. However, we don’t think the tweaks we’re seeing in the app here imply anything for the RCS standard itself.

RCS on Google Messages may not yet feel like the mainstream replacement for instant messaging apps like Signal, WhatsApp, and Telegram, but it is poised to get there, eventually. Despite Google’s attempts to highlight the advantages of RCS at CES, Apple shows no signs of backing down from its position of

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