February 27, 2019

FedEx introduces same-day delivery bot

FedEx introduces same-day delivery bot

Autonomous delivery robot aims to help retailers compete in e-commerce market, speeding same-day and last-mile delivery processes.

By DC Velocity Staff

FedEx Corp. aims to help retailers step-up local delivery service with development of a safe, environmentally friendly autonomous mobile robot, the company said today.

The FedEx Same-Day Bot is designed to travel on sidewalks and along roadsides, delivering ¬†smaller shipments to customers' homes and businesses, the Memphis-based company said. The zero-emission, battery-powered bot features pedestrian-safe technology from iBot as well as LiDAR technology and multiple cameras, allowing it to be aware of its surroundings, developers said. Those features are coupled with machine-learning algorithms that make it even safer—the bot can detect and avoid obstacles, plot a safe path and follow road and safety rules, FedEx also said.

The bot will help retailers respond to increasingly fast delivery demands and growing e-commerce orders, allowing them to accept orders from nearby customers and deliver them via robot the same day, the company said. FedEx said it is collaborating with retailers such as AutoZone, Lowe's, Pizza Hut, Target, Walgreens and Walmart to determine their autonomous delivery needs.

FedEx is developing the bot in collaboration with DEKA Development & Research Corp. and its founder Dean Kamen, inventor of the iBot Personal Mobility Device and the Segway.

"The bot has unique capabilities that make it unlike other autonomous vehicles," according to Kamen. "We built upon the power base of the iBot, an advanced, FDA-approved, mobility device for the disabled population with more than 10 million hours of reliable, real-world operation."

The bot made its first public appearance during NBC's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, Feb. 26, and is set to be tested in select markets this summer.

Resources Mentioned In This Article

Transportation Videos

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you're not already logged in, you will be asked to log in or register.

Subscribe to DC Velocity

Feedback: What did you think of this article? We'd like to hear from you. DC VELOCITY is committed to accuracy and clarity in the delivery of important and useful logistics and supply chain news and information. If you find anything in DC VELOCITY you feel is inaccurate or warrants further explanation, please ?Subject=Feedback - : FedEx introduces same-day delivery bot">contact Chief Editor David Maloney. All comments are eligible for publication in the letters section of DC VELOCITY magazine. Please include you name and the name of the company or organization your work for.