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Postmates' delivery robot.
Photograph by Fortune Magazine, under Creative Commons license

We don't have much to say. This article is just a photo collection of robots and Robo-vehicles which we feel could be enticing to our readers. Here are high-resolution photos of some robots to brighten up your day. They could make for nice wallpapers, you know?

1. Postmates'; This one, made by food delivery service Postmates, makes use of lidar sensors from Ouster, a San Francisco-based startup that makes high-resolution lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles, robotics, security, and mapping. Ouster is one out of many lidar startups that emerged to grab market share from market leader Velodyne. Velodyne, although still dominant, is now facing competition from lots of other companies.

This delivery robot has begun pilot deliveries in Los Angeles, California.

Front view.

Side view



Back View

Photo(s) credit: Fortune Magazine, under Creative Commons license






2. Starship's: This delivery robot model, made by Starship Technologies, has already made tens of thousands of deliveries. Collectively, Starship's robots have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles across many global cities. Starship, the company that makes them, was notably founded by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis.

Front View

image: Starship Technologies


Side View

image: Starship Technologies

 image: Starship Technologies

image: Starship/Daimler

image: Starship/Daimler

3: FedEx's: This one is made by logistics giant FedEx and as expected is meant for package deliveries.

image by: FedEx

image: FedEx

4. Nuro's: This one, much bigger than usual, is meant for larger deliveries. It's made by Nuro, a robotics delivery company that has raised over $1 billion to build out its technology. Nuro has partnered with retailers including Walmart, Kroger, and Domino's Pizza to facilitate their deliveries with its robots.

Earlier this year, Nuro became the first company to be granted an autonomous vehicle exemption by the U.S. Department of Transportation, exemption, in this case, is a permit that allows Nuro's delivery robots to ride on public roads without certain equipment strictly required for passenger vehicles. This is apparently due to Nuro's delivery robots being sort of vehicles but without humans. They're much bigger than usual delivery robots as made clear by the photos below. To be precise, the exemption was given to the Nuro R2, that is, the second model of Nuro's delivery robot and not the first.

image: Nuro/Kroger

image: Nuro/Domino's

image: Nuro

image: Nuro


5. Ford's: This isn't a robot as per se but an autonomous vehicle meant to convey humans. However, autonomous vehicles can still be technically referred to as robots, as their rationale entails carrying out a complex series of actions automatically. The autonomous vehicles are outfitted by Argo AI, the self-driving subsidiary of automaker Ford.

image: Ford

image: Ford

image: Ford

This one (below) is an autonomous van also outfitted by Ford, interestingly for Postmates, the company behind the first robot on this list.

image: Ford

image: Ford

6. Baidu: These ones are made by Baidu, China's equivalent of Google. Just like Google, the company has also ventured into making self-driving vehicles.

image: Baidu

image: Baidu

image: Baidu

7. Amazon: Meet "Scout", a delivery robot made by Amazon to help deliver packages to customers. Scout has already begun making deliveries, in fact, thousands of them under a pilot program. The pilot program, however, only covers a limited area just outside of Amazon’s headquarters in the U.S. state of Washington.

image: Amazon

8. UPS: This is a delivery robot, in this case, a drone and not the multi-legged ground-moving ones we're used to. It's made by UPS, a well-known logistics giant. Here, it's pictured running a residential pilot delivery from a pharmacy store.

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image: UPS

Takeoff.
image: UPS

In-transit.
image: UPS

Package delivered.
image: UPS

Bonus:

MIT's Cheetah 3.
Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for TechCrunch, under Creative Commons license

Boston Dynamics' Spot robot.
Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for TechCrunch, under Creative Commons license

This one, made by Barcelona-based startup Scaled Robotics, is made to monitor construction sites hence the rugged tires.
Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch, under Creative Commons license

We just found this one lurking somewhere. We really can't tell what it is.
Photo by: Michael Dain on Flickr, under Creative Commons license


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