Agility Robotics is bringing its two-legged robot Digit to the market, and Ford is the first buyer, according to TechCrunch.
Ford sees Digit as a way of dealing with the last 50 feet of a delivery. With self-driving delivery vehicles being approved in various markets, and expanding to others, there’s still the problem of getting a package from the vehicle to the door. Digit, which can lift packages up to 40 pounds, may be the perfect solution. With its two-legged form, it’s well-suited to climbing stairs and dealing with other obstacles. The latest model can even balance on foot if necessary.
Ford has been involved in the research project with Agility for some time. In combination with Ford’s work with self-driving vehicles, this made the automotive company the perfect first customer for Agility.
“As online retailing continues growing, we believe robots will help our commercial customers build stronger businesses by making deliveries more efficient and affordable for all of us.” Ford CTO Ken Washington said in a statement TechCrunch acquired. “We learned a lot this year working with Agility, now we can accelerate our exploratory work with commercial Digit robots.”