FedEx unveils delivery robot
From Logistics Manager Magazine,
Published Thursday 28 February 2019 2:46 pm
FedEx has unveiled a delivery robot, the SameDay Bot, which
has been designed to enable retailers to make same-day and last mile
deliveries to customers.
The idea is that retailers will be able to accept orders from nearby customers and deliver them by bot directly to customers’ homes or businesses the same day.
FedEx is collaborating with companies such as AutoZone, Lowe’s, Pizza
Hut, Target, Walgreens and Walmart to help assess retailers’ autonomous
The bot is being developed in collaboration with DEKA Development
& Research Corp, which has developed the iBot in partnership with
Johnson & Johnson.
It is designed to travel on pavements and along roadsides.
Features include pedestrian-safe technology from the iBot, plus
advanced technology such as LiDAR and multiple cameras, allowing the
zero-emission, battery-powered bot to be aware of its surroundings.
It uses machine-learning algorithms to detect and avoid obstacles,
plot a safe path and allow the bot to follow road and safety rules. It
has been designed to navigate unpaved surfaces, curbs, and even steps.
DEKA founder Dean Kamen said: “The bot has unique capabilities that
make it unlike other autonomous vehicles. We built upon the power base
of the iBot, an advanced, FDA-approved, mobility device for the disabled
population with more than 10 million hours of reliable, real-world
operation. By leveraging this base in an additional application, we hope
that the iBot will become even more accessible to those who need it for
their own mobility.”
FedEx plans to test the bot this summer in select markets, including Memphis, Tennessee.
“The FedEx SameDay Bot represents the next chapter in our long legacy
of delivering innovation and outstanding service, supported by an
already existing FedEx logistics ecosystem,” said Brian Philips,
President and CEO of FedEx Office.