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For­get vend­ing ma­chines, Pep­siCo is test­ing a way to bring snacks di­rectly to col­lege stu­dents. The chip and bev­er­age maker said it would start mak­ing de­liv­er­ies with self-driv­ing ro­bots this week at the Uni­ver­sity of the Pa­cific in Stock­ton, Cal­i­for­nia. Stu­dents will be able to or­der Baked Lay’s, SunChips or Bubly sparkling wa­ter on an app, and then meet the six-wheeled ro­bot at more than 50 lo­ca­tions on cam­pus. Last month, su­per­mar­ket op­er­a­tor Kroger an­nounced it would start de­liv­er­ing gro­ceries in a driver­less ve­hi­cle from a store in Scotts­dale, Ari­zona. The ro­bots used at the Uni­ver­sity of the Pa­cific will move at speeds of al­most 10 kilo­me­tres per hour, ac­cord­ing to Robby Tech­nolo­gies, which makes the ro­bots. Three work­ers on the cam­pus will be re­fill­ing the ro­bots with food and re­plac­ing the bat­ter­ies with recharged ones. The ro­bots, which weigh 80 pounds and are less than 3 feet tall, drive on their own and stop when some­one is in front of them. Pep­siCo is test­ing this way to de­liver its snacks be­cause more of its cus­tomers want a con­ve­nient way to buy them on their phones.

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