PepsiCo Experiments With AI

PepsiCo the food-and-beverage company behind brands such as Pepsi, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Frito-Lay, and Quaker  brought in $64.7 billion in annual revenue last year. From robots to machine learning, PepsiCo uses AI and machine learning throughout the organization in many ways.

There’s a six wheeled AI powered  robot roaming around the campus of the University of the Pacific full to the brim of PepsiCo goodies such as snacks and beverages from Hello Goodness—a healthier line-up that includes SunChips, Baked Lay’s and bubly sparkling water. The robot named Snackbot, these self-driving robots are a partnership between Robby Technologies and PepsiCo. University of Pacific’s students can easily order anyone of the favorite PepsiCo goodies such as Fritos through the SnackBot app and can be delivered to one of the 50 spots scattered across the UOP campus. The robot is powered by a battery which ran power the robot for over 20 miles on a single charge. The orders can be placed anytime between 9am to 5pm allowing students to enjoy their well deserved breaks with a refreshing drink on a hot day in California. The AI powered robots are equipped with cameras  and headlights that allow them to see and navigate in all types of weather as well as all-wheel drive capabilities for handling curbs and steep hills.

Another project still in development would assess the "percent peel" of a potato after it had gone through the peeling process. By analyzing this data, it can help the Frito-Lay team to optimize the potato peeling system. This project alone is estimated to save the company more than $1 million a year just in the United States.

Indraneel Dulange