Toyota patented a manipulator for a carMarch 27, 2020
Imagine the situation: you are going to a local home goods store and in the end you get more than you can fit in your truck. But instead of renting a trailer or paying the store to deliver your belongings, you simply call an autonomous “working machine”, put all your belongings inside and ask her to follow you home.
This is the main point of a recently published patent application from Toyota, which describes the “Autonomous workhorse.” As with many patents, this one offers many possibilities for solving potential future problems. Toyota says the AV can be powered by several sources of energy — batteries, fuel cells, fossil fuels — and it might not even be a wheeled vehicle.
Toyota engineers also introduced how shoppers at Home Depot or Lowe’s can use this AV assistant, saying that he can follow shoppers as they move around the store, tracking their movement while walking. When the buyer decides what to buy, boot drives (that is, the arms of the robot) can “facilitate the movement of an object or objects onto the platform.” According to Toyota, the AV platform may even include a payment terminal, have borrowed instruments, such as an “air compressor, platform or nail gun,” and be distributed between stores.
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