Self-driving robots are now taking over university campuses. Is this the way Skynet takes over?
Probably not. Not unless Skynet really just wants to fill up students’ bellies with delicious snacks. If that is the case, then PepsiCo is ready and willing to help out. The company has just announced that it has launched a fleet of self-driving robots across the University of the Pacific’s 175-acre campus. The little robots are known as “snackbots”, and they house a variety of different stacks from PepsiCo’s Hello Goodness brand, which includes Starbucks Cold Brew drinks, Baked Lays, Pure Leaf Tea, and more.
“The friendliest new freshman at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., arrives on campus today – and it’s stocked with snacks and beverages. Meet snackbot, the outdoor, self-driving robot bringing enticing snacks and beverages from Hello Goodness, a curated portfolio of better-for-you brands from PepsiCo, to hungry college students. As part of a collaborative partnership with Bay Area-based Robby Technologies, the Hello Goodness fleet of snackbots are the first robots from a major food and beverage company in the United States to roll out, bringing great-tasting, healthier snacks and beverages direct to students, making better-for-you snacking ultra-convenient.”
The snackbots will be ready and waiting between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM local time on the campus. Each of the little robots, which are basically food storage containers on wheels, feature headlights and cameras. Each can travel up to 20 miles on a single charge. To call a snackbot, students will need to use the iOS app, which you can find a link to at the bottom of this article.
You’ll need to be a registered student at the University of the Pacific to actually use the app, though.
What do you think of this idea? Personally I think it’s awesome. I would have loved to have something like a snackbot ready to deliver me some awesome snacks in between classes or in a crunch period for studying.
- SnackBot — Free