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Ford Moves Towards Its Future With Digit

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Ford Digit Robot by Agility Robots

Ford continues to develop a complete automated mobility infrastructure with the acquisition of two state-of-the-art Digit robots from Agility Robotics.

Ford continues to develop a complete automated mobility infrastructure with the acquisition of two state-of-the-art Digit robots from Agility Robotics.

Ford has purchased the first two robots produced by Agility Robotics known as Digit.

Agility Robotics' Digit robot has arms and legs, and has been designed to work with humans in the workplace. The 2 robots are first off the production line for Agility who have made the machines available for commercial use.

So where does Ford hope to use these robots? For many, the first thought will be to replace humans on manufacturing production lines.

But the company sees the automated machines fitting into its future autonomous mobility infrastructure. Over the past 5 years, Ford has been busy acquiring and partnering with various AV/EV technology companies.

 

 

While building autonomous electric vehicles certainly plays into the automakers future plans, Ford has a bigger future planned—as does its rival General Motors.

Ford plans to utilize the Digit robot to help commercial vehicle customers be more efficient and affordable for customers.

Imagine the benefits for delivery service drivers not having to get out of trucks, find the correct box and then make the trip to the door and back to the truck.

In future scenarios, the trucks will be autonomous vehicles, and the robot will make the deliveries. For commercial entities, this type of system will bring huge benefits in efficiency and cost savings. In the expanding world of online retailing, this infrastructure will be sure to please retailers and customers alike.

It does also make one wonder about all those humans the Digit robot will replace.

Online retailing has created thousands of permanent and temporary driver and warehouse jobs that benefit the overall economy.

These and other questions will have to be addressed, and as we see now, it will have to be sooner than later.


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