Through its developments in AI and robotics, Ford has expanded its research and testing through a partnership with Agility Robotics that reimagines the way we see deliveries.
Some companies, like Amazon and Google are looking at deliveries by drone. But Ford and Agility Robotics are taking this a step further with Digit, a two-legged robot that looks similar to a human, and even walks like one. Digit can fold up neatly into the trunk of a vehicle (a self-driving one, of course). Once it's called upon, it can come out from the trunk, grab a package, and carry it to the person's doorstep. It can sense obstructions in the way, and walk up steps as well. Once the package is delivered, you will receive a notification to grab it at the door.
Questions still remain, such as how Digit might be able to determine which package is the right one when making multiple deliveries, how heavy a package can Digit carry, and what happens if someone should knock Digit down and grab the package from it? Nonetheless, it's an interesting development in the future of deliveries.
Presumably, such a service could be used for other types of deliveries as well. Domino's, for example, learned through a self-driving delivery pilot that while it was convenient to deploy cars to deliver pies on their own, customers weren't keen on having to walk out the front door and grab the pizza from the car themselves. Digit could potentially solve such a problem, provided it was stable enough to carry your dinner up to your door.
Check out Digit in action via this YouTube video.