If you at least observe things in this segment, you can see a whole range of autonomous robots. But they all had a common concept – usually it was a "wheelchair". But Ford sees the future of courier services quite differently. He plays a part in it walking robot that moves in a self-controlled car,
Ford introduces a futuristic vision as a project to discover how robots and autonomous vehicles can work together to deliver food, fast food and other shipments. To this end, he joined forces with the launch of Agility Robotics, a robot that uses two legs to move.
The robot always rings twice
The robot is called a figure, is about 150 centimeters tall and anatomically reminiscent of a man, including two legs and two hands weighing up to 18 pounds. The head consists mainly of sensors and sensors (leader and cameras), ensuring safe movement and orientation of the robot in space.
In Ford's vision, a robot-supplier could ride a separate van in the cargo compartment. Once he stops, he will rise, pick up the package, bring it, and hand it over to the recipient. So the whole system would be completely self-sufficient and there would be no need for a human element to function.
One of the advantages of this solution is, for example, the ability to load the robot while driving. This does not require heavy and heavy batteries, as it will take only a few paces. For example, Digit can work against bicycle wheels walking up the stairs, dealing with curbs and other obstacles,
The project is also an example of how future technologies can work together. If the robot encounters an unexpected obstruction, he can send the image back to the car and allow him to find a solution. The car can send this information to the cloud and ask for other help systems that only Digital requires only minimal computing power.
Robotic postman objectively
On the other hand, this must be acknowledged humanoid robots have their disadvantages, For example, they are relatively unstable and if they fall they have trouble straightening. They can not carry heavy objects because their brothers and sisters can handle wheels and are usually slower and less mobile.
Ford and Agility Robotics believe that remote operators will control Digit's job as the task of preventing potential problems. The project, however, is hampered by the fact that the company can produce two robots per month. This is enough for testing, but certainly not for full service.
The whole project is at the moment rather, a visionary exercise, in which both companies want to explore a new frontier in the world of autonomy. "Working with Agility Robotics, we are trying to determine the best way for our autonomous vehicles to work with Digit and understand how the new method can be used in the future," Ford said in a press release.