Amazon is improving its sorting and inventory applications with its newest offering, Pegasus.
Imagine 800 orange coloured two-foot by three-foot robots on wheels zig-zagging through Amazon’s Denver facility. In the past nine months, the robots have travelled more than 1.5 million miles sorting packages for deliveries.
“After months of hard work and testing, it is exciting to see this robotic solution come to life…The robotic system will increase the building capacity, and as it scales, we will need to hire more people to help sustain the increased productivity levels. This is the chain reaction of job growth we strive for when designing robotic systems,” stated Steve Campbell, director of Amazon Robotics Product Strategy, in a press release.
Each robot has a conveyor belt on top. When the robot arrives at a sorter’s station, the associate scans the package and places it on the robot. Using onboard cameras to sense obstacles, the robot travels to the proper “ejection site” where the conveyor moves the package off the unit and down a chute for delivery. Associates monitor the robot traffic flow on Kindles and quickly address any issues with facility managers. It takes about two minutes for the robot to complete the entire journey.
Amazon plans to continue rolling out the program in other U.S. sorting centers throughout the year.