Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) Announces Its First Autonomous Robot That Can Move Carts In Warehouses

Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) has released its first independent mobile robot that will move big carts at its warehouses. The company says that the robot called Proteus can safely navigate around human workers, unlike previous robots that the eCommerce giant kept segregated in a caged area.

Proteus robots can move around in the presence of humans

The Proteus robots, according to Amazon, have superior safety, vision, and navigation technologies, and a video of one of them moving around while flashing green light in the front of the robot supports this claim. The robot comes to a stop whenever a person enters the beam and continues once the person walks out of the way.

The firm has also revealed several further robotic systems. One, dubbed Cardinal, is a mobile robot that Amazon plans to utilize in warehouses from 2023 and can handle and transport products weighing approximately 50 pounds. In addition, the firm claims that it can identify and lift certain parcels even when they have piled up, thanks to image processing applications.

Amazon’s post also showcases technology that could enable staff to stop using the handheld scanners they currently use to record barcodes. Instead, employees don’t scan labels; instead, they stand before a camera system that automatically recognizes the goods. There is not a great deal of information about how it functions other than that it uses 120 frames per second imaging system and some sort of machine learning model, but the result is comparable to that of Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, which enables it to create cashierless businesses.

Amazon says it is not replacing humans with robotsĀ 

There may be labor issues, as is frequently the case with new robotics technology. However, Amazon insists that it is not aiming to construct robots in place of hiring humans, despite recent rumors suggesting that the corporation may soon find it difficult to find labor. “Replacing people with robots is just a fallacy,” a leader from Amazon’s robotics section openly told Forbes, adding that doing so may result in a corporation going bust.

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Published by Neha Gupta

Swati has worked in diverse capacities from financial research to currency trading in a span of 3 years.

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