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Relay

A cylindrical robot on a wheeled platform which has a ring of pink light. It's top has a touch screen that doubles as the robots face. It's name is DASH.
Time to make a delivery! Photo: Savioke

Relay is an autonomous delivery robot that works in hotels, hospitals, and other public spaces. It can navigate crowds and operate elevators to bring you room service, or the toothbrush you forgot to pack.

Creator

Relay Robotics

(Formerly Savioke.)

Year
2014
Country
United States 🇺🇸
Categories
Features
Robot delivery in labs and warehouses. Video: Savioke

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Did you know?

Elvis, Priscilla, Winnie, Wally, Hazel, Cleo, Leo, and Y2D2 are some of the nicknames given to Relay robots.

A cylindrical delivery robot gets out of an elevator.
I can ride the elevator by myself! Photo: Savioke

History

Relay was developed by Relay Robotics (previously, Savioke), based in San Jose, Calif. The company was founded by Steve Cousins, former CEO of Willow Garage, along with Izumi Yaskawa and other Willow alumni, with funding from Google Ventures and other investors. Relay is fully autonomous mobile delivery robot, packed with navigation sensors and powered by the Robot Operating System (ROS). It's designed to be able to navigate through lobbies, up elevators, down hallways, and around obstacles to deliver small items. In 2014, Relay was used in a pilot trial at a hotel in Cupertino, Calif. It's since been deployed at dozens of other locations.

View of the top of the robot where its top compartment lid is open and delivering something a woman in the door of a hotel room.
Delivery accomplished. Photo: Savioke

Specs

Overview

Safe, dynamic navigation. Autonomous elevator operation. Lockable payload. Easy to setup and deploy.

Status

Ongoing

Year

2014

Website
Width
51 cm
Height
92 cm
Weight
40.8 kg
Speed
2.5 km/h
Sensors

Cameras, lidar, sonar, accelerometer, gyroscope, safety bumper

Actuators

Custom 18-V DC gear motors

Materials

Stainless steel, aluminum, thermoplastic panels

Compute

2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 Skylake

Software

Linux and ROS (Robot Operating System)

Power

24-V lithium-iron-magnesium-phosphate battery, 4 hours of operation, 2 hours to recharge

Cost
$26,000 plus software subscription