Ford announced it has entered into a partnership withmanufacturer of walking robots Agility Robotics - look at them here - and wants to equip their fleet of self-propelled delivery vans. Together they will work to ensure that the transport was able to independently carry out the last stage of delivery: from the car to the front door. Since Ford acquired Argo AI, a self-driving car startup in 2017, the company has been developing full-service vans that could be licensed to companies such as Domino’s Pizza, Lyft and Target.
Why Ford walking robots?
"Since self-driving cars are in theorycan move people and goods at the same time, they have great potential to make delivery even more convenient and efficient. Delivery service could be combined with the delivery, throwing parcels between the carriage of passengers. And as our pilot programs have shown, it is not always convenient for people to leave the house to pick up the parcels, as for enterprises, to launch their own delivery services. If we can free people so that they think less about the logistics of deliveries, they can turn their time and energy into things that really deserve their attention, ”said Ken Washington, vice president of research and development, CTO Ford.
With all this in mind, Ford is working onintegration of the bipedal Digit robot from Agility Robotics into future vans. Digit can lift packages weighing up to 20 kilograms, climb and descend the stairs, move over rough terrain. It can even maintain balance after a collision and fold it up for easy storage at the rear of the car.
“We work with robots side by side on ournumerous factories around the world or live with them while they deliver packages to our doors, our main goal is to ensure their safety, reliability and the ability to work together with people in a reasonable way, ”Washington added.
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