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If this hotel-funded trial is successful, it is expected that 1-2 robots will be rolled out across all Aloft locations.
When Sunnyvale, Calif.-based robotics startup Savioke announced a $2 million seed round of funding in April 2014, the company said it would use the money to develop and build its first autonomous robot for the services industry. However, no further details about the robot were shared.
Savioke, a spinoff from Willow Garage led by Steve Cousins, will on Aug. 20 start testing its ROS-powered SaviOne autonomous service robot at the Aloft Cupertino hotel in California, across the street from Apple’s corporate campus.