Ford's New Product Delivery Digit Robot Could One Day Replace Human Workers

Ford’s New Product Delivery Digit Robot Could One Day Replace Human Workers

Ford and Agility Robotics are testing the feasibility of combining robots with self-driving cars to fully automate package delivery.
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Agility Digit Robot

Famous automaker company Ford is making a new Digit Robot with the help of Agility Robotics company. Ford and Agility Robotics are testing the feasibility of combining robots with self-driving cars for package delivery work.

Ford is teaming up with Agility Robotics to explore how the company’s new Digit Robot can help to get packages to your door efficiently. This Digit robot will work collaboratively with self-driving vehicles. Also, it can walk up stairs and past or avoid the unexpected obstacles to get packages straight to your doorstep.

Every day online shopping is continuously increasing and these type of robots will become so much useful in the future. This will also free people up to focus less on the logistics of making deliveries and they can turn their time and effort to things that really need their attention.

So how this is going to deliver packages? When you order a package online. The company will prepare your order and Digit robot will put the package in a self-driving car. When this car will reach its destination, Digit will be deployed to grab a package from the vehicle and carry out the final step in the delivery process.

This two-legged robot doesn’t look like humans but it walks like humans. It is made up of lightweight materials. It can lift packages up to 40 pounds (18 Kg). Digit Robot can walk up stairs without losing balance. It can also avoid obstacles in the path. The robot can walk on uneven terrain easily. It can react to bumps without falling or losing its balance.

Digit Robot has a LiDAR system, a few stereo cameras and sensor’s setup which helps to easily navigate through the basic scenarios. If it encounters something unexpected, the images of the scenario can be sent to the vehicle for the solution. The self-driving vehicle which will be outfitted with all the sensors and software can also send the data to the cloud and request help from other systems to enable Digit to navigate and assist the robot.

This project is very important and has the potential to change the transportation industry. It is another example of robots that are programmed or operated remotely replacing human workers in the industry.

You have seen drones used by the military in attacks which eliminate the loss of human soldiers. Also, in rescue operations drones are becoming a priority to deliver supplies. Similar to that, this package delivery robots can be so useful in the transportation industry.

There might be positive and negative reactions from the public to this type of transportation system. For some people, it will be a relief as there will be no more lousy deliverers tossing packages over fences! Also, there can be problems occur like stealing or robbing the robot. In that case, a self-defense system should be included by the Ford company.

Overall, Ford company and Agility Robotics are working on a very interesting project. And off course, Digit Robot is designed to deliver packages, not haunt your dreams!

Agility Digit Robot delivering packages

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