FedEx plans to begin testing a robot to make home deliveries for partners ranging from Pizza Hut to Walmart.
For the technology, FedEx is teaming with DEKA Development & Research, whose founder Dean Kamen invented the Segway stand-up scooter and iBot stair-climbing wheelchair. The battery-powered robots look like coolers on wheels. Cameras and software help them detect and avoid obstacles as they roam sidewalks and roadways at a top speed of 10 miles (16 km) per hour.
United Parcel Service (UPS) is not testing robots, but like FedEx and Amazon, it is experimenting with drone deliveries.