Ford partnered with Agility Robotics to create Digit, an autonomous robot that walks upright on two legs, can scale stairs and also carry packages weighing up to 40 pounds. It’s tackling Ford’s biggest issue with self-driving vehicles, autonomously delivering for companies like Domino’s Pizza, Postmates, Uber Eats, etc. directly to the front door. “As we’ve learned in our pilot programs, it’s not always convenient for people to leave their homes for packages or for businesses to run their own delivery services,” said Ken Washington, Ford’s chief technology officer. Read more for a video and additional information.
“Ford envisions a future where Digit is part of an autonomous vehicle that could be delivering pizzas, packages or other items. Designed to fold up when not deployed, Digit could be programmed to carry deliveries from the autonomous vehicle to the front door or exact location of the final destination,” reports Engadget.