Brain Corp has introduced BrainOS-powered autonomous delivery tugs, a new robotic application that helps retailers bridge the automation gap in moving inventory from the stockroom out to store shelves.
The rollouts and pilots at major retail locations nationwide are being carried out by Dane Technologies, which designs and manufactures power assist solutions, and UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA), a manufacturer of forklifts and material handling equipment.
Until now, robotic delivery tugs that move materials and goods back and forth were relegated to warehouse settings. Brain Corp's AI technology enables safe navigation in public environments and is capable of operating within high-traffic commercial locations, such as retail and grocery aisles.
The intelligent machines are built with BrainOS, an AI software platform for building and using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). The robots are designed to eliminate employees having to haul heavy, stock-laden carts from the stockroom out to store shelves dozens of times a day. Instead, employees can use the delivery robots to automate the transportation of up to 1,000 pounds of goods from one point to another with the push of a button.
The BrainOS-powered delivery tugs can operate safely within a variety of public indoor spaces, including grocery, retail, airports, warehouses, and more. The units do not require any custom infrastructure or specialized training. Users can leverage a patented “teach and repeat” technology that simplifies deployment and can be adapted on the fly to changes in store layout. Users can also leverage cloud-based performance metrics in near real-time to get reports on delivery usage, routes, drop-offs, and more.