Two US universities are losing their food delivery robots because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Grubhub announced on Thursday that it was ending its partnership with Russian tech company Yandex and pulling 100 Yandex-made food delivery robots from the campuses of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Chicago-based Grubhub said it is working with both campuses to find alternatives.
Grubhub has been using the robots to deliver food on Ohio State’s campus since August. The company started robot delivery at the University of Arizona last November. The company says it makes 1,000 deliveries a day between the two locations.
Yandex is Russia’s largest internet search and ridesharing company. Toby Snuggs, head of sales at Yandex Self-Driving Group, confirmed the split from Grubhub and said the robots will be sent to other locations outside the US where Yandex operates.
“It’s really unfortunate that we can’t continue this great project we started on the US campus with Grubhub as we all know it has had a really positive impact on the student body,” said Snuggs.
Earlier this week, ride-hailing giant Uber said it was trying to accelerate a proposed sale of its stake in Yandex.Taxi, Yandex’ mobility business. Uber owns a 29% stake in Yandex.Taxi, worth about $800 million. Uber said three of its executives who were on the Yandex.Taxi board also resigned.
In a regulatory filing filed on Thursday, Yandex noted that the Moscow-based company and its executives have not faced specific sanctions because Yandex is not involved in defense, aerospace, or shipping.
The Nasdaq exchange suspended trading in Yandex shares last week.
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