It’s a headless robotic in a driverless automobile.
Ford Motor Co. is engaged on a strategy to resolve what self-driving researchers check with as “the final 50-foot downside.” If an autonomous supply automobile arrives at your own home, with none people aboard, who’s going to carry the package deal, grocery baggage or piping-hot pizza to the doorstep? A robotic, after all, might be as much as the duty — with no tipping crucial.
In Ford’s case, the answer is Digit, an android with two stork-like legs, arms able to carrying a 40-pound load and a camera-encrusted torso topped by a puck-shaped laser-radar sensor. It might be the headless cousin of a battle droid from the a lot maligned Star Wars prequels.
The enterprise case for driverless supply is much more compelling than robotaxis — and probably simpler to execute. For one factor, there’s no want to fret in regards to the security of human passengers. And the rise of on-line purchasing has turned package deal supply into an enormous progress space. Simply ask…