Ford is partnering with Agility Robotics to build a two-legged robot called Digit for package delivery.
Digit will unfold itself from the trunk of a driver-less Ford car at the destination, pick up the correct package and drop it off at a pre-designated delivery zone.
Ford is positioning itself to compete in the last mile delivery market. It is estimated that 85% of the last 50 feet from curb to door will be handled by autonomous robots like Digit.
Video Spotlight: Ford teams up with Agility Robotics to create a delivery bot
This post is based on the Venture Beat article, Ford taps Agility Robotics’ bipedal robot to test package delivery, by Kyle Wiggers, May 22, 2019; and the YouTube video, Ford teams up with Agility Robotics to create a delivery bot, by CNBC Television, May 22, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock/Tatyaby
1. What are the operational benefits of Digit for Ford?
Guidance: Product innovation allows Ford to further its driverless vehicle development efforts. Partnership with Agility Robotics allows Ford to expand into the package delivery business.
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