Robots are a wonderful thing. They've been helping us with everything from making a toast to delivering pizza for several years. You can even order food on your phone and deliver it by an autonomous vehicle driven by robots! But all of this begs the question: how does that compare to human-delivered food? After all, humans have been delivering pizza, tacos, and other delicious meals for decades. In this article, we'll answer that question by comparing the two sides of this battle (robot vs. human) on-campus food delivery services.
What is BYPPOCampus?
BYPPOCampus is a new food delivery system that allows students to order food from nearby restaurants and pick it up from a campus location. In addition, BYPPOCampus helps reduce the amount of paper and plastic waste associated with traditional delivery services by employing advanced mobile ordering technology, creating a localized dining experience that benefits students and the environment by exclusively using energy-efficient scooters, public transportation, bikes, and walking to deliver food from on-campus locations. Through the BYPPOCampus app, students and young professionals can safely connect with like-minded peers and earn extra cash by delivering food to their peers.
The BYPPOCampus Pilot
The BYPPOCampus pilot study was conducted over two semesters, during which time the researchers contacted 675 students and staff members to participate in the survey. Of those who responded, 62% were undergraduate students, and 38% were graduate students.
The results of this study are incredibly compelling: it shows that students preferred humans for delivering food. Humans are more likely to deliver food with a smile (and therefore be more likely to receive tips from their customers). Robots had trouble navigating stairs or getting stuck in doorways—problems that caused delays in delivery times and ultimately led to customers not being happy with their experience.
So, what did we learn? Humans are faster than robots. But the question is: by how much? Well, it depends on a few factors. If you order from a restaurant with multiple locations and can deliver to most of the campus but not all of it, then humans will probably be faster than robots. However, if you order from one of those rare restaurants that only deliver to specific parts of campus, robots will probably get there faster (they don't have to take shortcuts or go off-trail).
On average, though, humans are still faster than robots regarding food delivery. Robots have trouble getting around because they can't read a map or find their way through traffic as we can—and they're also slower at traveling upstairs or hills because they don't have legs!
Why BYPPOCampus is the best alternative to campus delivery food solutions.
BYPPOCampus is a better alternative to campus delivery food solutions because it is more cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and provides a better dining experience. BYPPOCampus is more cost-effective because it uses less energy than other delivery options while fueling the student gig economy by giving jobs to students who would otherwise be working at minimum wage jobs off-campus. With BYPPOCampus you can quickly scale up or down your delivery staff depending on how much food needs to be delivered; this means that if you have enough runners, they can deliver food as soon as needed - no waiting around for them!
While robotic delivery appears captivating, humans are still better than robots regarding food delivery.
While robotic delivery seems to pave the way into the future, humans are still better than robots regarding food delivery.
The main reason is that robots can't yet deliver food as well as humans can. For one thing, they're expensive: if you hire a robot instead of someone who knows how to navigate hallways and kitchen doors, you'd have to pay more. Plus, if your campus has many students coming and going at all hours, it would be difficult for your robot delivery service to keep up with traffic patterns and constantly reroute itself accordingly.
On top of that, most people don't want their food delivered by machines instead of other human beings (myself included). I remember watching an episode of Star Trek where Geordi LaForge was trying out this new device called an "eyepiece"--which allowed him to see through walls and get directions from someone he couldn't see--. Still, he realized how creepy it was when his friend started talking directly into his ear without even being there! The same thing goes with having human beings deliver our meals; not only does it feel weird when someone shouts "delivery!" over their shoulder before passing out burgers outside my dorm room window (which happened), but also I wouldn't be able to chat with them about other things going on around campus. At the same time, they drop off my burger basket!
Overall, it seems that robots are far from taking over the world. Although they do have some advantages over humans, there are many things that they cannot do at all. If we want our children to succeed, they need to develop skills that will help them get jobs in today's technology-driven world. BYPPOCampus has developed a program that will enable students to pursue an entrepreneurial dream while getting their education.