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Robotics efforts from Amazon, Alibaba highlight e-commerce’s automated future


Amazon and Alibaba have each unveiled over the last week robots they have been developing at research facilities, and their plans to test or deploy them in warehouses and last-mile delivery, according to separate announcements from the e-commerce companies.

Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao Network announced its plans to deploy 1,000 Xiamonanlv robots to universities across China, after having tested the unmanned delivery vehicle at 30 universities over the past year, and finding the robot could deliver 150 packages a day with a 98% customer satisfaction rate.

Amazon’s announcement outlined the various robots it is testing at research labs in Boston and Northern Italy. Its most advanced are two “autonomous guided carts” the company has named Kermit and Scooter, which the company said would be deployed at its facilities later this year.

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