While food delivery robots are becoming more prevalent, especially on campuses, the food delivery robots at Brigham Young University have a unique twist. The twist is, they are being controlled in an entirely different continent — Africa to be exact.
The African-engineered food delivery robots are created by robotics startup CAYTU Robotics. The company is based in Dakar, Senegal, and is founded by a team of African engineers. While the company may be situated in the continent of Africa, their food delivery robots are working all the way at Brigham Young University, U.S.A.
Using cutting-edge technology, the CAYTU Robotics team is able to remotely control the food delivery robots basically, anywhere in the world if they wanted to.
The food delivery robots are expected to help staff and students be alleviated from the busy peak dining hours on campus so they can make better use of their time. The phase of the food delivery robots rollout will be done through a select beta group of students who can place orders using the CAYTU app.
Aside from having robots deliver food to your doorstep, another impressive feat is the ability of these robots to be controlled in a different and far away location. “One of the most exciting aspects of CAYTU’s technology is its ability to enable remote control of robots literally anywhere in the world.”, says Sidy Ndao, co-founder and CEO of CAYTU. This presents many applications and possibilities in the future of robotics.
The way it works is the operators who are based in Dakar, Senegal, will control the robots at BYU using advanced software and control systems. These will also guide the robots through the campus and help them avoid any obstacles along the way.
Another layer to this setup is the partnership between CAYTU and BYU. With the involvement of BYU Professor Terry, a robotics professor at the university, he can collect data from the robots’ delivery operations and use them to better understand human-robot interactions.
In its entirety, the whole development and setup of the food delivery robots in BYU is a step towards how we can design autonomous robots and the future of human-robot interactions that are productive.