PepsiCo tests snack delivery robot at college

January 7, 2019

PepsiCo has unveiled “snackbot,” a self-driving robot that delivers snacks and beverages, at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. The company’s Hello Goodness vending brand provides the fleet of six-wheeled delivery robots with a wide range of snacks, including items such as SunChips and Starbucks Cold Brew coffee.

The students can now order food and drinks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the snackbot App, to be delivered to more than 50 designated areas across the 175-acre campus. The bots are ready to roll with a range of more than 20 miles on a single charge and are equipped with headlights and built-in cameras to help them steer over hills and through any inclement conditions that may arise.

“We’re thrilled to launch our Hello Goodness autonomous delivery snackbots and reimagine college snacking for the future,” said Scott Finlow, vice president innovation and insights, PepsiCo Foodservice. “PepsiCo has a unique opportunity to better serve today’s ambitious college students, by joining together the power of the Hello Goodness portfolio with our expertise in design and equipment innovation.”

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