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CAYTU Robotics, a startup based in Dakar, Senegal, has partnered with Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah to roll out its robotic delivery service on the campus. The startup is also working with Professor Benjamin Terry of BYU as part of the deployment.
CAYTU is a startup founded by a team of African engineers, including Sidy Ndao, now the CEO, and Abdoulaye Faye, now the CTO. The startup uses cutting-edge technology to enable remote control of robots from anywhere in the world. CAYTU’s delivery pilot with BYU is a significant milestone for the company.
The robots in the pilot will deliver food from various campus dining locations directly to students and staff. In the first phase of the rollout, a selected beta group of students will be able to place their orders through the CAYTU app and have their food delivered by the robots.
All of the robots will be controlled by operators in Dakar, who will use advanced software and control systems to guide the robots through the campus, avoiding obstacles and ensuring timely and efficient deliveries.
“One of the most exciting aspects of CAYTU’s technology is its ability to enable remote control of robots from literally anywhere in the world,” Ndao said.
As part of the deployment, CAYTU will give Terry access to data collected by the robots. Terry plans to use the data to better understand human-robot interactions. Terry and his team hope to gain valuable insight into the design and functionality of autonomous robots by studying how the robots navigate the campus, interact with students and staff and perform delivery tasks.
CAYTU is backed by investors Wuri Ventures and Orange Senegal. According to Wuri Ventures Partner Tijan Watt, “Africa has so many talented people in the diaspora returning to their home countries and bringing their technical skills back home. Sidy is a multiple patent holder and strong innovator with whom we are thrilled to be able to partner. His experience as a leader in Robotics across the African continent through the Pan-African Robotics Competition over the past five years has supported the idea that he is uniquely suited to launch a robotics company. This signals the promise of African participation in deep technology development which is a focus of our investing at Wuri Ventures.”