Ford is the first customer of human-like robots at Agility Robotics. The American manufacturer got at his disposal two Digit androids, which will be used to work inside the warehouse and to overcome the “last mile” for courier delivery of goods.
The Digit has two legs and two arms with support for four degrees of freedom; a laser rangefinder is installed instead of the head, which scans the space for objects and obstacles. Android is able to carry loads weighing up to 18 kilograms, bypass obstacles, climb and descend stairs, and also does not lose balance in collisions. A robot platform is installed in the body of the robot, powered by a compact battery, and all movable connections are sealed so that Digit can work even in the rain.
While Ford will use androids as part of a pilot project to study the possibilities of their use in courier delivery. Robots will move goods inside storage facilities and help overcome the “last mile” – the most difficult stage of delivery. In addition, Ford engineers will consider ways to communicate robots with commercial vehicles, including drones. For example, cars can exchange map data with Digit, which is downloaded to the on-board systems from cloud storage.
This is not the first time Ford has turned to experimental technology. In 2017, the company tested exoskeletons at two American plants. In 2019, the company patented a quadrocopter, which could become one of the security systems of future cars.
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