Tuesday, 26 October, 2021


Ford will buy first two bipedal robots for commercial vehicle research

Ford will buy first two bipedal robots for commercial vehicle research Ford will buy first two bipedal robots for commercial vehicle research
Melba Vasquez | 09 January, 2020, 16:12

Digit is a bipedal delivery robot built by U.S. company Agility Robotics, and it can now be your personal postman for a modest six-figure sum, according to The Verge. It was meant to "live" inside driverless delivery vehicles, and earn its keep carrying customers' packages the last few yards to their front doors.

A company by the name of Agility Robotics is attempting to do just that: create a humanoid robot that can carry something for short distances, so that humans would have it easier.

While Ford is looking at how Digit can help support self-driving cars deliver packages to people, the robot has other applications as well, such as inside warehouses, the company said. For example, Ford's connected vehicles can share their cloud-based maps with the Digit so they don't have to have that information by themselves. Ford says that it believes robots will help commercial customers to build a stronger business by making deliveries more efficient and affordable for everyone. "We learned a lot this year working with Agility, now we can accelerate our exploratory work with commercial Digit robots".

Digit, first shown in May 2019, has two arms and two legs, but no head. Since then, Agility has refined the design, including the more advanced feet that allow Digit to balance in one foot or carefully navigate obstacles, new sensors to perceive and map the world for robot navigation.

Robotics Agility Digit, a two-legged robot that can lift 40-pound packages, is putting on the market. It can also follow the instructions on where to leave packages if the customer is not in, meaning a potential end to parcels flung over gates and fences. Advances in sensors, and even new feet, are said to have given Digit even greater flexibility for logistics use.

"We look forward to showing off our work on both logistics and non-logistics tasks in the coming months". You can see a video of Digit in action here.

Digit's light weight also helps ensure it has a long run time, which is essential for delivery businesses that operate continuously through the business day.

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