Proteus, Amazon’s next warehouse robot, has been unveiled. The company’s first warehouse robot with full autonomy is this one.
For more than ten years, Amazon has used robots in its warehouse. Customers will have a better overall experience thanks to the company’s use of these tools to gather and process orders more quickly. However, the newest robot in the Amazon warehouse has a unique feature. It has complete autonomy.
Without any human assistance, Amazon says Proteus navigates the warehouse and transports packages from one location to another. Proteus can even be seen moving underneath the carts and relocating them to different spots in a video that the company has shared online.
Advertisement Our first mobile robot with full autonomy is called Proteus. It has historically proven challenging to safely integrate robotics in areas where people are present. We think Proteus will alter that while continuing to be intelligent, secure, and cooperative. Amazon remarked.
ROBOTS ARE INCLUDED BY AMAZON IN THE STOREHOUSE FACILITIES According to the company’s statement, Proteus employs cutting-edge safety, vision, and navigation technologies to shield human workers from disruption. To do this, Proteus emits a green beam and turns off if a human employee walks in front of it.
Amazon claims that it wants to use as little labor as possible to carry package carts throughout its facilities. Additionally, it seeks to make the workplace safer for its employees.
Advertisement There are other robots in warehousing facilities than Proteus. Another robot, Cardinal, aims to lower the possibility of worker injuries due to the moving of large items. The robot selects the appropriate items using AI and computer vision, then reads the labels and places them in the appropriate card for the following step. A new version of Cardinal that can handle goods weighing up to 50 pounds is currently being tested by Amazon.
Amazon has introduced numerous robots for its warehouse in recent years. The business, however, consistently states that it does not aim to replace human labor with robots. The head of Amazon’s robots division once told Forbes that the idea of replacing humans with machines is a myth that might drive the company out of business.