Students University of California, Berkeley, They are celebrating, because they can now have food delivery on the same campus by sharing a friendly robot.
Creation is the work of the emerging company Kiwi, which it is still in its initial stage of market entry. Despite his youth, They have achieved an interesting approach to the transport of prepared food in urban areas.
To achieve an unusual feature based solution multimodal transport; that is to say, who uses several methods of transportation to carry goods from one point. And most interesting is that these vehicles used have integrated technologies and robotics autonomous driving.
For example, the small KiwiBot It is responsible for making the last leg, discoursing for it on the sidewalks of the city in the company of passers. It is equipped with a small rolling chassis module reminiscent of a miniature SUV. This platform is a container, of something larger drawers to typical motorcycles used in delivery, where food is accommodated to carry.
Some 300 meters is the average distance traveled by the KiwiBot, that besides having a smooth profiles it has an LED display showing the front of a friendly emoticon to passers.
And is that for Chavez Felipe Cortes, CEO of the company, the "sidewalks are sacred". Felipe, which it is also the founder of the company, keep going: "We need to create technology to interact with people in the best way possible. So we use several types of robots. It is […] [robot]He is responsible for the 80 percent of orders'.
And the 20% remaining? The small KiwiBot has a weakness. You can not travel long distances. Its range is limited and reduced speed. A) Yes, while the first field experiences were developed, delivery times for the distribution of food were too distended.
This has changed, However. Until now KiwiBot He has completed a 10 000 deliveries of food with a rough time waiting 27 minutes for diner, which means it is faster than the 65% human deliverers. How they have succeeded?
All this is possible thanks to the combination of KiwiBot with another company product, he Kiwi Triike. It's about a independent tricycle large bearing fitted a rear drawer which can accommodate several KiwiBots. In this way, the tricycle, much faster, It is responsible for carrying small robots delivery to strategic points from which they can complete the last stretch to the client that executed the order from the app mobile.
In the words of Philip himself: "We started with a robot going from the restaurant to the customer's home and discovered quickly that it was inefficient, so we created a multimodal system. We have three robots: one inside the restaurant, a semiautonomous bicycle traveling on the road and robots that make the last stretch. We have designed robots in the city, and later, with tricycles, we can collect dozens of menus at the same time and load them into robots. Robots do last 300 meters. Works. Now it is cheaper to use human dispatchers, and companies have control over the distribution ".
Apart from a reduction in costs associated with the distribution of food delivery and greater control over the whole process, Kiwi multimodal system is also more environmentally friendly.
Instead of using vehicles with combustion engines, whose emissions and particulates are harmful to the environment and human health, Electric vehicles are used, whose carbon footprint and environmental impact is much lower. A) Yes, It is a step towards a greater sustainability in the processes associated with restoration.
Kiwi emerging company would not be a reality without the support Berkeley SkyDeck, a meeting point for innovation, entrepreneurship and accelerating transformative ideas with overall capacity. At its headquarters, the KiwiBots are everywhere, it seems that the building had been taken by small and cheerful robots sharing.
In the environment of the place was where the first tests of the rolling traffic modules were made. There were equipped with cameras capable of recognizing obstacles that prevent the device clash against other users sidewalks or hinder the passage of pedestrians. Something that is clearly aligned with the perception of executive director of the sidewalks are sacred.
And while Kiwi is already serving hungry students on campus, and beyond, They are still working from the SkyDeck because there is much to do.
One of the challenges that face is theft. All technology transiting roads and sidewalks without supervision is likely to be stolen. Multiple pieces can reach high values in the secondary market, and the rest can be sold as scrap. Vandalism is another problem those who will face one way or another.
Another difficulty already on the horizon is how to scale operations. It is hoped that by increasing the number of tricycles and robots delivery, global logistics system will be several orders of magnitude more complex.
To this are added also regulatory obstacles that come hand in hand with the use of autonomous vehicles. US law. THE. it is not yet clear in this regard, nor stable. Each state has its opinion about, and this changes every few as technology advances and the lobbies these systems which fuel pressure on the administration.
Even so, Kiwi's achievements so far suggest positively on the many benefits it will bring robotics to restore. We follow the evolution of the start-up very close.