Your hotel's newest bellhop may be a robot.
A Santa Clara, Calif., start-up and its "autonomous robot helpers" received $15 million in new financing last month. Savioke's goal is to put robots in hotels across the country, building on its current stable of 12, including one near Los Angeles International Airport.
"We have lots of robots that are ready to go," Savioke co-founder Tessa Lau said.
The 100-pound, 3-foot-tall Savioke robot, dubbed Relay, is built primarily to deliver extra towels, toothpaste or other necessities to guest rooms. The hotel staff punches in a room number on the robot's touch screen and Relay rolls into the elevator and up to...