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Pepsi's 'snackbots' will deliver refreshments to university students

By Cal Jeffrey · 10 replies
Jan 4, 2019
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  1. Beverage company Pepsi has deployed autonomous “snackbots” on the 175-acre campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Starting today, students can order bagged snacks like potato chips and cold beverages using a smartphone app. A bot will then deliver it to one of 50 locations about campus.

    The robots are part of Pepsi’s “Hello Goodness” vending platform and are built by Robby Technologies. The bots navigate the campus using a camera, headlights, and all-wheel drive. The company says they can travel approximately 20 miles on a single charge.

    The snackbots are part of a pilot program. Three to five of the autonomous snack vendors are being tested at Pacific starting today. Hopefully, they will fare better than KiwiBot, which delivered refreshments on the UC Berkeley campus until it caught fire and died last year.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,875   +3,315

    Speechless .... absolutely speechless ........
     
  3. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 554   +196

    The worst part about this? Students will use this. They really don't care. They want food on a whim, they will wave their NFC enabled phones and get whatever they want. Its the skinny dudes that have like no shame at all whatsoever. But in general, no regard at all for the overpriced goods.
     
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  4. yeeeeman

    yeeeeman TS Addict Posts: 147   +116

    Yeah. Next thing to do is to change the tap, to have Pepsi instead of water. Heck, you might aswell change rain to have Pepsi instead of water drops. Yeah. Great.
     
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  5. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 635   +316

    The good part of going to a vending machine, cafeteria, or whatever in college was to take a break for a few minutes, from whatever you were working on.

    Are you referring to "Idiocracy" or is it just coincidence?
     
    Reehahs, Hexic, xxLCxx and 1 other person like this.
  6. Underdog

    Underdog TS Addict Posts: 100   +51

    Hey guys, cut 'em some slack. It is a huge campus and you can't expect them to actually walk/run/cycle somewhere to get their unhealthy "snacks like potato chips and cold beverages" when "using a smartphone app" could save them all that physical effort.
     
    ShagnWagn likes this.
  7. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +593

    Maybe some can crawl in and be safe
     
  8. Hexic

    Hexic TS Evangelist Posts: 456   +289

    It's got electrolytes. IT'S WHAT PLANTS CRAVE.
     
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  9. yeeeeman

    yeeeeman TS Addict Posts: 147   +116

    Let's see the big picture here. If it would have only electrolytes, it would be great. But it has many other things that are very bad for our health.
     
  10. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,450   +1,620

    And we wonder why so many young people are morbidly obese these days.
     
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  11. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 537   +369

    At least on a college campus it would be most unlikely for small children to be present it would run over on a malfunction?
     

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