If proof were needed that driverless cars, drones, and automated bots will be the future of delivery, in the past month both Amazon and FedEx have revealed details of their delivery bots.
Regular readers and subscribers to Virtual Restaurant News will recall we often discuss the future of delivery and anticipate driverless cars, drones, and delivery bots to feature prominently. In the past month, two of the largest players in the delivery field have taken this a step closer to reality by unveiling their delivery bots.
The Amazon Scout is an electric six-wheeled delivery bot that is being tested in Snohomish County, Washington. The six test units will initially be accompanied by an Amazon employee and will only operate in daylight hours. If successful, the concept is sure to be expanded. You can see the vehicle in action here.
The FedEx SameDay Bot™ is an all-terrain battery powered four-wheeler that uses artificial intelligence to navigate neighborhoods and can climb up stairs and ramps to deliver both hot and cold items. See the robot in action here. FedEx will initially test the bot at the company’s headquarters in Memphis but eventually it plans to make robots a standard part of its delivery services.
These types of vehicles will be of great interest to DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats, who are all researching autonomous vehicle deliveries.