As the shipping war between Amazon and Walmart continues to worsen as both retailers struggle for leadership in next-day shipments, the Autogigant Ford announces a new robot that could potentially help them achieve their goals faster. On Tuesday, Ford released images of Digit, a twin-robot designed and built by Agility Robotics that can go up stairs and bring parcels directly to consumers' homes with a self-driving car.
DR. Ken Washington, Ford's vice president of research and advanced engineering, said Digit not only looks like a human, but walks the same way.
"Made of lightweight material and able to lift parcels weighing up to 40 pounds, the Digit can go up and down stairs, walk naturally through rough terrain and even react to things like bumps without losing your balance and falling over, "Washington wrote in a commentary to Medium.
Washington adds that Digit has been designed to work tightly together for easy storage in the rear of a self-propelled vehicle "to use".
Once the self-driving car arrives, Digit can be deployed where it picks up a parcel and transports it to its final destination.
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Ford said the technology is needed because more and more people shop online.