FedEx Introduces New Autonomous Delivery Robot
FedEx just marked its entrance into the autonomous delivery robot space with SameDayBot, designed to make “last mile” deliveries more efficient. As more and more companies introduce their own versions of delivery robots (and dogs) it was only a matter of time until FedEx hopped on board.
Developed in collaboration with DEKA Development & Research Corp., the FedEx bot will feature many of the same baseline technologies found in iBot wheelchair invented by Research Corp Founder, Dean Kamen. The autonomous SameDayBot independently navigates sidewalks and roadsides while avoiding obstacles and pedestrians.
Unlike Amazon’s delivery robot Scout, the FedEx robot tackles curbs, unpaved surfaces, and climbs stairs to deliver products directly to the front door. With the same technology found in iBot, SameDayBot exhibits pedestrian-safe tech, multiple cameras, LiDAR, and machine learning to adhere to safety precautions.