Amazon.com Inc. today detailed a series of new automation systems that its engineers have developed to increase the efficiency of its fulfillment centers.
The systems are led by Proteus and Cardinal, two new storage robots. Both are designed to help process e-commerce packages.
Proteus is a compact, two-wheeled robot that can pick up a cart with multiple packages and move the cart from one section of a warehouse to another. Amazon describes the system as its first fully autonomous mobile robot. According to the company, Proteus uses artificial intelligence for navigation and can automatically charge itself when the on-board battery is low.
Warehouse robots often have a limited ability to avoid obstacles and are therefore often deployed in isolated sections of a warehouse to avoid collisions. Proteus’ AI navigation algorithms allow it to automatically “move around employees – meaning it doesn’t have to be limited to…