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Friday, May 24, 2019

Getting Driverless up to the Doorstop

Most interesting is that the computing power for the 'robot' will be from the vehicle.   Good now, but I wonder if advances will make this unnecessary.   The wheel-less stork like Digit is different too..  First time I have seen such a walking device proposed.  Will make the suburbs a weirder place,  with storks patrolling the front yard.  Can I ask it to do some light chores when it stops by?

Ford’s Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots 
Bloomberg   By Keith Naughton

Researchers at Ford are working to incorporate into the company’s driverless delivery system an android capable of carrying a 40-pound load. The Digit android is intended to address what self-driving researchers refer to as "the last 50-foot problem," or how to get a package from an autonomous delivery vehicle to the customer's doorstep. Ford's decision to use a robot with two legs instead of wheels came with help from researchers at the University of Michigan, who emphasized the inherent attractiveness of a bipedal robot. In addition, the Digit system gets most of its computing power from Ford's self-driving vehicle, allowing the robot to have a more lightweight design. Ford would like to deploy Digit delivery robots as soon as 2021, the same year it plans to introduce its autonomous vehicle fleets. ... ' 

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