A few days ago, Amazon recently released the Pegasus warehouse robot at the MARS artificial intelligence conference. The robot has officially joined the ranks of Amazon's Kiva robots, helping workers move packages in the Amazon sorting center in Denver. Pegasus is a new type of parcel sorting robot. In appearance, the Pegasus robot is very similar to Amazon's existing Kiva robot. The appearance is still orange, 2 feet high and 3 feet wide, which is about the size of a large suitcase.
The Pegasus robot is more like an improved version of the original Kiva robot. A cargo platform + belt conveyor is added to the original robot base, which can sort and move each package, helping to minimize package damage and shorten delivery. Delivery time.
From the video, the Pegasus robot can autonomously place the right box in the correct position. The warehouse operator scanned the package and placed it on the Pegasus robot. The Pegasus robot carried the package to the designated location. The camera equipped with the robot can sense any unexpected obstacles. At the designated location, the conveyor belt on the robot loading platform removes the package from the robot, and then the package moves down the chute, ready to be sent out. The robot completes the entire package delivery process in about 2 minutes.
According to Amazon, Pegasus robots have the same capacity as Kiva robot drives. The Pegasus robot has been online at the Denver Sorting Center for more than six months, traveling about 2 million miles. After testing, it can significantly reduce the parcel sorting error rate of the current system by 50%. At present, Amazon has a total of 800 Pegasus robots in some logistics centers in the United States.
At this MARS artificial intelligence conference, in addition to the launch of the Pegasus robot, Amazon also released a large modular transport robot Xanthus. Its biggest feature is that it can perform a variety of different tasks according to the modules installed above. Xanthus has the ability to adapt to different tasks by changing the equipment above. Compared with the system used in the past, Xanthus is not only more versatile, but also only 1/3 of the volume of its predecessor, and the cost is even cut in half.
With the launch of the latest two robots, Amazon will inevitably face the questioning voice of "whether humans will be unemployed". The answer is self-evident. Amazon will not expose mankind to unemployment. He even thinks he is opening a new career in the Amazon warehouse. On the same day, Amazon News' article on these two robots was titled "New Robot, New Job". It can also be seen from the dictation of Amazonian Cathryn Kachura in the video. Amazon has provided her with new job opportunities, allowing her to balance her career with her family.
There are about 800 robots in the Amazon Denver sorting center that are running every day. The flow of orders is very large, and humans need to control the flow. Kachura is one of five flow control experts at the Amazon Denver Sorting Center. Her job is to manage the inbound and outbound package volume and distribution. There are a total of 5 employees like her. They have received on-the-job training from Amazon robot engineers to understand how Pegasus drives work, how to program them, and how they recognize and navigate.
Now employees in the Amazon logistics center can use a Kindle tablet to grasp the robot's whereabouts and operation status. The Kindle monitors the robot's running traffic map in real time, so they can quickly solve any problems encountered by facility managers and adjust them according to customer needs. The inbound and outbound package volume of the sorting center.
Amazon also said that as more robot products are developed in the future, robot systems will increase building capacity. As it expands, Amazon will also need to hire more people to help maintain increased productivity levels. This is a chain reaction that can work hard to achieve job growth while designing the robot system.