Delivery robots with Russian links removed from Ohio state

Chicago-based Grubhub said it was working with both campuses to find alternatives.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Students at Ohio State University are losing their food delivery robots for now to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Grubhub said Thursday it was ending its partnership with Russian tech company Yandex and removing 100 food delivery robots made by Yandex from campuses at Ohio State and the University of the State. Arizona.

Chicago-based Grubhub said it was working with both campuses to find alternatives.

An Ohio state official said the university supports GrubHub’s decision to end its partnership with Yandex.

Grubhub had been using the robots to deliver food to the Ohio State campus since August. The company began delivering robots to the University of Arizona last November.

Yandex is Russia’s largest Internet search and carpooling company. Toby Snuggs, Yandex Self-Driving Group Sales Manager, confirmed the split with Grubhub and said the robots would be sent to other locations outside the United States where Yandex has operations.

“It’s such a shame that we can’t continue with this great project that we embarked on in the US campus space with Grubhub because we all know it had a really positive impact on the student body,” Snuggs said. .

Earlier this week, ride-hailing giant Uber said it was trying to fast-track the planned sale of its shares in Yandex.

In a regulatory filing on Thursday, Yandex noted that the Moscow-based company and its executives have not been targeted by specific sanctions because Yandex does not operate in the defense, aerospace or marine sectors.

The Nasdaq stock exchange suspended trading in Yandex shares last week.

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