In partnership with Agility Robotics, Ford has developed a robot named Digit that will make a huge difference deliveries from online retailers. The highly flexible and sturdy design of the Ford delivery robot, combined with a cloud connection to in-vehicle computers, make it perfect for delivering packages.
Digit is designed to be able to lift packages up to 40 pounds, walk over different kinds of terrain and up stairs the same way humans do, sense obstacles and avoid them, and maintain its balanced when bumped or pushed. Digit stays folded up in the self-driving vehicle so as much space as possible can be used for packages, then unfolds to carry your package to your front door.
The other key to making Digit such an efficient robot for making deliveries was keeping it lightweight while still equipping it with access to the information it needs, like navigation and delivery information. If Digit processed all this information internally, it would need to be much bigger and bulkier.
That’s why Ford and Agility Robotics decided to have Digit retrieve that information from the self-driving vehicle it’s paired with. Digit has LiDAR and stereo cameras to help it navigate terrain, but everything else is shared with it from the delivery vehicle.
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