University in California Rolling Out Campus Snack-Delivering Robots
“will include snacks and drinks from a curated line of healthier PepsiCo products”
What could go wrong? I for one welcome our new food-delivering robot overlords.
Snack-Wielding Robots From PepsiCo Are Invading the University of the Pacific
In days of yore, peckish college students had to physically seek out sources of sustenance. No more: Food giant PepsiCo announced it is bringing a fleet of self-driving robots to the nearly 5,000 students at the University of the Pacific’s Stockton, California, campus.
The robot, Snackbot, hails from robotics company Robby Technologies, and will include snacks and drinks from a curated line of healthier PepsiCo products the company calls “Hello Goodness.” This includes its Smartfood Delight, Baked Lay’s, SunChips, Pure Leaf Tea, Bubly, Lifewtr and Starbucks Cold Brew brands.
Snackbot serves students with an “on-demand snacking mentality,” according to a release.
Orders are placed via an iOS app that is available to anyone with a University of the Pacific email address.
Snackbot will deliver from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 50 designated areas on the Powercats’ campus. This may be a letdown for students with late-night cravings, but PepsiCo said the bots have a range of more than 20 miles per charge and are “equipped with camera and headlights that allow [them] to see and navigate carefully in full darkness or rain, as well as all-wheel drive capabilities for handling curbs and steep hills,” so perhaps 24-hour-a-day Snackbots are in their future.
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Will the robots form a gang and beat up the nerds for their dining dollars?