FedEx Corp is partnering with some giant organizations such as Walmart and Pizza Hut to test whether their robots handle the door deliveries or not.
The shippers, restaurants, and retailers have been experimenting with the drones, robots and self-driving cars in the process of automation so that they can reduce the high cost of delivering the products.
FedEx teamed up with DEKA development and research Corp for this project. The CEO of DEKA, Dean Kamen is the man behind the invention of Segway Standup scooter and iBot stair-climbing wheelchair. The company believes that robots can become part of its SameDay service which has been operated in 1,900 cities around the world.
These battery powered robots look like coolers on the wheels. The cameras and software that is present in the robots will help them in detecting and avoiding the obstacles. It has been said that these robots are capable of traveling at a top speed of 10 miles per hour.
This project should win the approval in the test cities, and this includes the shipper’s hometown of Memphis. The first deliveries will be carried out between FedEx office stores. The restaurants usually pay third-party apps like DoorDash, Uber Eats and GrubHub a commission of 10-30 percent per order but this “Last Mile” is capable of reducing these costs by 50 percent.
Both investors and companies are ready to invest in this project to reduce delivery costs and other regulatory hurdles. For safety reasons, many states are planning to have autonomous vehicles for humans as emergency backup drivers. The Starship Technologies raised $40 million in venture funding has deployed robots to deliver the packages in San Francisco Bay Area last year.