Who is Digit and How is He Helping Self-Driving Cars?
At this point, it’s not a matter of if self-driving cars will ever become a regular sight out on the road – it’s a matter of when. Self-driving cars are the future and, once all the kinks are worked out, they’ll be able to do so much for us – like delivering a package. But while Ford has been working hard on making self-driving cars a reality, they did realize one thing while doing their tests – and that’s that even a self-driving car can’t deliver a package right to your door. Enter Digit – a two-legged robot designed and built by Agility Robotics through its new partnership with Ford. But who is Digit and how is he helping self-driving cars? Well, let’s find out now.
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Let’s Meet Digit: The Adorably Smart Robot that Will Help Ford-Built Self-Driving Cars Make Deliveries Right to Your Door
It may seem obvious to outside observers – that self-driving cars, while incredibly practical once operational, simply can’t possibly do everything without some help – but when you’re focused on making a self-driving car feasible for everyday life, you can only think of so much. But once Ford engineers realized their self-driving cars are going to need some assistance for deliveries, they teamed up with Agility Robotics to create Digit.
“To help address this issue, Ford is teaming up with Agility Robotics to explore a brand-new frontier in the world of autonomy — and a new way of thinking about how we make deliveries. Together, we will work toward making sure self-driving vehicles are uniquely outfitted to accomplish something that’s proven surprisingly difficult to do: Carry out that final step of getting your delivery from the car to your door.” – Dr. Ken Washington, Vice President, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, and Chief Technology Officer