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Friday, 24 May 2019

Tech:Ford unveils driverless van that comes with its own two-legged delivery ROBOT ......

Since Digit is designed to move like a human, it's able to walk up and down stairs, traverse uneven terrain and regain its balance even if a human bumps into the machine
Self-driving delivery vehicles may be getting closer to becoming a reality, but Ford believes there's one leg of the process that could be further solved by robots.
The auto giant has partnered with startup Agility Robotics to create a two-legged robot called 'Digit' that can ferry packages to your doorstep. 
It solves a problem generated by self-driving delivery vehicles, which is that if there's no humans in the driver's seat that can drop off a package, autonomous robots can pick up the slack.

'It's not always convenient for people to leave their homes to retrieve deliveries or for businesses to run their own delivery services,' Ken Washington, chief technology officer at Ford, wrote in a blog post. 
'If we can free people up to focus less on the logistics of making deliveries, they can turn their time and effort to things that really need their attention.
'Enter Digit, a two-legged robot designed and built by Agility Robotics to not only approximate the look of a human, but to walk like one, too,' Washington added. 
Ford's robot is capable of lifting packages that weigh 40lbs, so it can deliver your pizza, Amazon package or groceries straight to your doorstep.
Since Digit is designed to move like a human, it's able to walk up and down stairs, traverse uneven terrain and regain its balance even if a human bumps into the machine on a busy sidewalk.
Other delivery robots, such as those created by Starship Technologies, are fairly limited in terms of where they can deployed because they're equipped with wheels that make it impossible to go up and down stairs. 


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