The newest high-driving robots are the most autonomous model of the company with cutting-edge technology to deliver food to students.
LOS ANGELES, December 12th, 2022 — Kiwibot, a robotic sidewalk delivery service, today announces the launch of the first High-Driving Automation Campus at Loyola MarymountUniversity (LMU). With 25 self-driving capacity robots, this opportunity helps elevate LMU as an innovative institution equipped to provide speedy, affordable, sustainable services to its college community.
Once students make their orders from the retail options on campus, including Qdoba, the high-driving Kiwibot robots generate multiple paths to reach the pre-established destination andalerts if an unexpected obstacle or event occurs in one of them. The Kiwibot receives the order and location point on a satellite map within the limits of a university campus, then navigates autonomously.
To achieve this, Kiwibots rely on GPS technology and a new autonomy platform with a high-tech satellite solution, which provides high-accuracy locations for self-driving machines. They also employ data from camera sensors combined with AI techniques to avoid obstacles and leverage a navigation system that generates multi-kilometer routes that make it possible to reach apre-defined goal.
“At Kiwibot we believe cutting-edge technology rolling through the campus will benefit the community by providing efficient delivery services and a source of inspiration for students. Theirpresence and purpose are to open minds and generate new, sustainable ideas that can improve their own and their community’s life,” said Felipe Chavez, co-founder, and CEO of Kiwibot.
Kiwibot’s new autonomy platform makes it the company’s safest and most efficient robot. ForLMU students, staff, and faculty, this means reducing the wait time for food deliveries and having a faster and safer service at cost-effective rates, while sharing their day-to-day withstate-of-the-art technology around their campus.
“After a successful launch of the Kiwibot delivery services last year, we are excited to participate in the implementation of this latest iteration in automated food-delivery technology,” said AndrewO’Reilly, Associate Vice President for Auxiliary and Business Services at LMU. “LMU has always been committed to building innovative partnerships, our goal is to continue to introduce innovative service solutions to our campus community.”
One of the main allies in enhancing and accelerating Kiwibot’s technology development is NVIDIA, the leading company worldwide when it comes to computing power at the edge. Theircomputer lets Kiwibot be at the forefront of the autonomous last-mile robotics field, focusing on its algorithms and architecture while relying on the horsepower contained in NVIDIA’S computing platforms.
“Kiwibot’s strengthening of its autonomous platform further positions them as a market leader well-equipped to serve complex campus environments,” said Kevin Rettle, Global Vice President of Product Development and Digital Innovation at Sodexo.
Kiwibot was founded in 2017 and launched its first pilot at the University of California-Berkeley campus. The company aims to revolutionize food delivery by utilizing semi-autonomous robots, already making over 200,000 deliveries on US university campuses and cities. The service lets customers launch last-mile deliveries at a fraction of the time and cost without the hassle of hiring a courier. With recent partnerships, including Careem to launch services in Dubai, and Knight Foundation to advance safe and equitable mobility in four US cities, Kiwibot is passionate about bringing residents to the center of autonomous technology.
Loyola Marymount University is a renowned national university based in Los Angeles, California founded in 1911 with a foundation in Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount traditions. The institution focuses on generating intellectual engagement and real-world experiences for its students. Their diverse faculty strive for excellence in teaching, researching, and creativity. Multimedia
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