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