Roxo, the FedEx SameDay Bot, now available in the U.A.E
Autonomous delivery device in trial phase for delivery to homes and businesses
Roxo, the delivery bot from FedEx, is making its first international appearance in Dubai.
Roxo, the FedEx SameDay Bot, is an autonomous delivery device, designed to travel on sidewalks and along roadsides, safely delivering smaller shipments to customers’ homes and businesses.
Its features include pedestrian-safe technology from iBot, plus location 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. Roxo can navigate unpaved surfaces, curbs, and to even climb some steps for door-to-door delivery.
“The FedEx SameDay Bot is an innovation changing the landscape of on-demand hyper-localised delivery, and we are excited for Dubai to be the first international city to host an appearance by Roxo,” said James R. Muhs, regional president for FedEx Express in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.
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.
“Roxo is currently testing in the U.S. and will play a new role in the last-mile delivery market, one that is not currently addressed by any other automated service or technology. Feedback from customers will ensure that real-use conditions are taken into consideration as early as possible during the on-going development of Roxo’s capabilities,” said Muhs.
FedEx will collaborate with various companies as it assesses 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.