FedEx’ delivery robot Roxo makes its first international appearance in Dubai
Oct 16, 2019: Dubai became the first international city outside the US to host an appearance by Roxo, an autonomous delivery device, introduced by FedEx.
The delivery robot is designed to travel on sidewalks and along roadsides, safely delivering smaller shipments to customers’ homes and businesses.
It is anticipated that in the future, Dubai will join test cities in the United States including Memphis, Tennessee, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Plano and Frisco, Texas, said the Memphis-based company through a statement.
“The UAE is recognised internationally as a future-forward city, with a positive regulatory framework, world-class infrastructure, and a fertile environment for the testing and adoption of robotics, and we look forward to testing Roxo here in the future,” said James R Muhs, regional president for FedEx Express in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.
#Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (@rta_dubai) & FedEx Express, a subsidiary of @FedEx Corp (NYSE: FDX), signs an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) providing for the autonomous delivery device Roxo™ to have its international debut in Dubai.https://t.co/pciqipOhSv pic.twitter.com/zfVqvx2tYA— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) October 15, 2019
The device has features including pedestrian-safe technology from the iBot, plus advanced technology such as LiDAR and multiple cameras, allowing the zero-emission, battery-powered bot to be aware of its surroundings.
These features are coupled with machine-learning algorithms to detect and avoid obstacles, plot a safe path, and allow the bot to follow road and safety rules. Proprietary technology makes it highly capable, allowing it to navigate unpaved surfaces, curbs, and to even climb some steps for an extraordinary door-to-door delivery experience.
FedEx will collaborate with companies in several segments to help assess their needs and opportunities in Dubai. Future local assessment would operate similar to the testing currently underway in the United States, with selected customers providing insight and advice on their needs and requirements.