MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - There was a meet-and-greet in downtown Memphis Wednesday, but the guest of honor didn’t have much to say.
The wave of the future of same-day delivery rolled into Memphis City Hall. Roxo, the new FedEx SameDay Bot, is the first of its kind. An innovation from FedEx and DEKA Research and Development Corporation.
“An autonomous delivery device that is specially designed to aid retailers in making same-day and last-mile deliveries to their customers,” said Gloria Boyland, corporate vice president of Operations Service and Support at FedEx.
The robot has been making the rounds on Memphis sidewalks. It’s in its second week of testing on the streets of Memphis.
On the outside of its boxy frame, Roxo has a display for messages.
“It’ll say ‘hello, I’m Roxo’," said Boyland.
Roxo is a prototype. There is no set timeline on when the bots could roll out permanently worldwide.
“To be recognized by FedEx as a good site to test, it brings some pride to Memphis,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.
On the inside of Roxo, there is room for parcels, packages and bags.
“It’s designed to deliver pizzas, auto parts, the things you order in small quantities that you want now,” said Boyland.
She says the goal is to make sure Roxo is a polite pedestrian.
“We will test to make sure we train the artificial intelligence system,” said Boyland. “We have safe performance, safe operating performance on roads and sidewalks.”