The American company FedEx, which provides postal, courier and other logistics services around the world, has presented its own version of an unmanned robotic vehicle for delivery.
The device was named SameDay Bot and is intended for the delivery of small parcels over short distances. Its maximum speed is 10 km / h, and it receives energy from the battery. The bot functions completely autonomously and is able to take into account the movement of pedestrians, vehicles. It is equipped with a camera and sensor system for monitoring the surrounding world and orientation in space, the same as in unmanned vehicles..
The first tests are scheduled for the end of 2019. Initially, FedEx plans to use the bot to deliver parcels between its offices in Memphis. After completing tests and obtaining government approval, the corporation intends to use it to serve other companies, retail chains, and ultimately make robots a standard element of its express delivery service..
FedEx is currently in talks with potential customers such as Walmart, AutoZone, Target and Pizza Hut to assess the potential demand for this type of service. Representatives of the corporation say that about 60% of buyers of these stores live within a 4 km radius, which is the optimal distance for bots..
The American postal giant isn’t the only player in the field. Amazon and a ton of startups are working on the autonomous delivery service. but Unlike competitors, SameDay Bot is equipped with front and rear screens with which it can interact with pedestrians, warning of further direction of movement or a stop. This will significantly reduce the potential risks of road accidents..
Despite the increasing competition, startups in this area are already starting to cooperate with large retail chains and attract billions of dollars in investments development, which allows them to compete on equal terms with international corporations in the development of systems.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: FedEx