FedEx has developed the FedEx SameDay Bot, an autonomous delivery device designed to help retailers make same-day and last-mile deliveries to their customers.
With the bot, retailers will be able to accept orders from nearby customers and deliver them by bot directly to customers’ homes or businesses the same day. FedEx is collaborating with companies such as AutoZone, Lowe’s, Pizza Hut, Target, Walgreens and Walmart to help assess retailers’ autonomous delivery needs.
The FedEx bot is being developed in collaboration with DEKA Development & Research Corp.
The bot is designed to travel on sidewalks and along roadsides, delivering smaller shipments to customers’ homes and businesses. Bot features include pedestrian-safe technology from the iBot, plus technology such as LiDAR and multiple cameras, allowing the zero-emission, battery-powered bot to be aware of its surroundings. These features are coupled with machine-learning algorithms to detect and avoid obstacles, plot a safe path and allow the bot to follow road and safety rules. Proprietary technology allows the bot to navigate unpaved surfaces, curbs, and even steps.
FedEx plans to test the bot this summer in select markets, including Memphis, Tenn., pending final city approvals. The initial test will involve deliveries between selected FedEx Office locations. The FedEx bot will complement the FedEx SameDay City service.