PepsiCo Tests Robot Delivery

The self-driving vehicles deliver snacks to college students at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

January 04, 2019

STOCKTON, Calif. – PepsiCo has developed a way to bring snacks and drinks directly to college students via self-driving robots, the Washington Post/The Associated Press reports. The company began testing the devices this week at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Students can place orders for SunChips, Bubly sparking water or Baked Lay’s via an app, then pick up their order from more than 50 designated locations around campus. The six-wheeled robots have a top speed of 6 miles per hour, according to its manufacturer Robby Technologies. Three employees on campus work to refill the robots and replace the batteries that power the robots.

Three robots will be in play but will eventually grow to a fleet of five. The robots weigh 80 pounds and are under three feet tall. According to Robby, the robots move on their own but halt when someone or something is in front of it.

PepsiCo is one of many companies working on solutions for delivery, including self-driving vehicles. Last month, Kroger launched what it calls the first-ever autonomous vehicle delivery service for the general public from its Fry’s Food Store in Scottsdale, Arizona.