Digit, the first human-like robot developed by Agility Robotics, which conducts R & D activities for autonomous vehicles with Ford, was launched for commercial sale. With the first two robots coming out of the production line, Ford continues its research into autonomous vehicle use, warehouse management and more efficient and cost-effective solutions for commercial vehicle users.
As a result of R & D studies carried out by Ford and Agility Robotics, the intelligent robot Digit, which looks like a human and walks like a human, was first unveiled in May 2019. Breakthrough in the world of autonomous delivery robots Digit is now available for sale.
In this process, Ford's research on the implementation of autonomous vehicles and technological applications at different stages of delivery continues unabated. Research focuses on how autonomous tools and intelligent robots communicate with each other and the environment, thanks to advanced networking technologies. By sharing the constantly updated cloud-based maps of Ford commercial vehicles with Digit, the need for the robot to generate similar information over and over again is eliminated.
The final delivery phase is entrusted to Digit
The research team also believes that if Digit becomes part of the delivery process, this communication channel will also be useful for obtaining delivery-specific information. This means that the robot Digit, who will have the knowledge of where the customer wants the package to be left, can also ask for help in an unexpected situation.
Washington Today, as online retail is growing, we believe robots will help our commercial customers improve their business by offering them the opportunity to deliver deliveries more effectively and cost-effectively. Thanks to our collaboration with Agility, we learned a lot; now we will accelerate our research on this issue further ”.
Passes where people pass, easily folds into the trunk
Designed to avoid wasting energy on foot, Digit doesn't have to worry about passing people where they go every day. The Digit also has a unique design in which it can fold itself so that it can be easily carried behind the vehicle until it is desired to take action. When the vehicle reaches its destination, Digit can take the package from the vehicle and perform the final stage of the delivery process. In case of an unexpected obstacle, he can take his photo and send it to the vehicle and ask for help. The vehicle can send support to the cloud from different systems to ensure that Digit can continue. Its low weight also makes it possible for Digit to have a long operating time. This feature is of paramount importance in the all-day delivery business.
Improvements since Digit's first prototype was introduced in May include:
More strengthened feet that allow Digit to stabilize on one leg or move carefully between obstacles,
New sensors that enable it to better perceive and map the world it is in,
Customer-ready and powerful internal computer hardware.
Digit's two pre-production samples are on display at the Ford booth at the Consumer Electronics Show CES 7 in Las Vegas from January 10-2020.