Oregon State University breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday afternoon after authorities cleared a bomb threat related to Starship Technologies’ food delivery robots.
The alarm bells rang at approximately 12:20 p.m. local time when the university issued an emergency alert, cautioning those on campus not to approach the robots and to await further instructions. The university’s public safety team, along with robot technicians, swiftly moved to secure the situation, relocating the robots to a safe area.
Normal campus activities resumed within an hour of the initial alert, but a team of staff continued to inspect the robots at an isolated location.
In response to the situation, Starship Technologies released a statement on X (formerly known as Twitter) that read, “A student at Oregon State University sent a bomb threat, via social media, that involved Starship’s robots on the campus. While the student has subsequently stated this is a joke and a prank, Starship suspended the service. Safety is of the utmost importance to Starship, and we are cooperating with law enforcement and the university during this investigation.”
Starship Technologies initiated its service at Oregon State University in 2020, deploying a fleet of 20 robots that have become a familiar sight on campus, as reported by KOIN-TV.
Earlier this month, the San Francisco-based robotics company proudly shared on X that its robots serve nearly 50 campuses and over one million students across the nation, highlighting the broad reach of its innovative food delivery service.