Robots are becoming less of a novelty as dining operations seek evermore ways to meet diners where they are. Read on for a look at some new robots on the scene.
Late last month, Sodexo partnered with a tech company to launch what it claims is the first robot delivery fleet operating in conjunction with campus meal plans. The service, which debuted at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., delivers food and drinks to students across campus in about 15 minutes. Students place orders via an app and can watch the robots’ journey to them in real time. Each delivery commands a $1.99 fee, Sodexo says.
The fleet of over 25 robots will deliver from an on-campus grocery store as well as Blaze Pizza, Dunkin’ and Starbucks, with other participants to be announced down the road.
Snackbots for students
PepsiCo last month unveiled a fleet of snackbots at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. The delivery bots, which operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., can be summoned via app to over 50 spots on campus. The bots are filled with healthy foods and beverages from the company’s Hello Goodness snack line.
A new robot that can autonomously produce 10 loaves of bread an hour appeared at a recent trade show in Las Vegas. The 22-square-foot BreadBot—which is being targeted at schools, grocery stores and convenience retailers—mixes, proofs, bakes and cools several different bread varieties, including white, whole wheat, honey oat and sourdough.