PepsiCo to launch ‘Snackbot’ delivery drones on California college campus

The company says students across the University of the Pacific’s 175-acre campus will enjoy a "new way of snacking."

PepsiCo will launch a fleet of four-wheeled delivery drones on the University of the Pacific’s campus in Stockton California this year.

On Thursday the company announced students will have the ability to order drinks and snacks to 50 predetermined locations on campus through the delivery drones, called “snackbots.” Each drone is shaped like a cooler on wheels and can go more than 20 miles on a single charge. When students download an app and confirm their University of the Pacific email address, they’ll be able to order between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. across the 175-acre campus.

The drones are nearly identical to those piloted or used in a number of cities and states, including Arizona, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome snackbot to our campus, along with its convenient and nourishing options,” said Matt Camino, Director of e-Commerce at University of the Pacific Stockton in a statement.  “This innovative technology from PepsiCo is enhancing campus life for our students, staff and faculty alike, who have embraced this new way of snacking from PepsiCo.”

Ryan Johnston

Written by Ryan Johnston

Ryan Johnston is a staff reporter for StateScoop, covering the intersection of local government and emerging technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence and 5G.

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