UOP stu­dents get first look at snack-de­liv­er­ing ro­bots

Cal­i­for­nia univer­sity be­comes test site for snacks on wheels

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS - By Joseph Pisani

For­get vend­ing machines, Pep­siCo is test­ing a way to bring snacks di­rectly to col­lege stu­dents.

The chip and bev­er­age maker started mak­ing de­liv­er­ies with self- driv­ing ro­bots Thurs­day at the Univer­sity of the Pa­cific in Stock­ton.

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.

Other com­pa­nies have been us­ing self- driv­ing ve­hi­cles to de­liver food.

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 move at speeds of up to 6 miles per hour, ac­cord­ing to Robby Tech­nolo­gies, which makes the ro­bots.

Three work­ers on the cam­pus will be re­fill­ing the ro­bots with food and drinks and re­plac­ing the bat­ter­ies with recharged ones when they go dead.

At first three ro­bots are be­ing used, but then will grow to a fleet of five over time. 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, Robby says.

Pep­siCo says it’s test­ing this way to de­liver its snacks be­cause more of its cus­tomers want a con­ve­nient way to buy them on their phones.

PEP­SICO VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pep­siCo started de­liv­er­ing snacks with ro­bots Thurs­day at the Univer­sity of the Pa­cific in Stock­ton. Stu­dents can or­der good­ies on an app, then meet the six-wheeled ro­bot at more than 50 lo­ca­tions around cam­pus.

MARK LENNI­HAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AR­CHIVES

Stu­dents can get Baked Lay’s, SunChips or Bubly sparkling water de­liv­ered by the ro­bots.

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