Delivery robots with Russian ties are pulled from 2 U.S. campuses

Two campuses of American universities are still losing their robots to deliver food due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Grubhub said Thursday that it is ending its partnership with Russian technology company Yandex and pulling out 100 Yandex-made robots to deliver food from the campuses of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. The Chicago-based Grubhub company said it is working with both campuses to find alternatives.

Grubhub has been using robots to deliver food to the Ohio campus since August. The company launched a delivery of robots at the University of Arizona last November.

Yandex is Russia’s largest Internet search and travel company. Toby Snags, head of sales at Yandex Self-Driving Group, confirmed the break with Grubhub and said the robots would be sent to other locations outside the US where Yandex operates.

“It’s a real shame that we can’t continue this wonderful project that we started on campus in the U.S. with Grubhub, because we all know it has had a really positive impact on students,” Snags said.

Earlier this week, the travel giant Uber said it was trying to speed up a planned buyout of its shares in Yandex.Taxi, Yandex’s mobile business. Uber owns a 29% stake in Yandex.Taxi worth about $ 800 million. Uber said that three of its executives, who were members of the Yandex.Taxi board, also resigned.

In regulations on Thursday, Yandex noted that the Moscow company and its leaders were not subject to specific sanctions because Yandex does not operate in the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors.

Last week, the Nasdaq stock exchange suspended trading in Yandex shares.

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