Robo-pallets to load robo-freighters

HOT on the heels of news that a robo-freighter is in development comes the announcement that plans are afoot for a robo-pallet.

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has put out a call for companies to develop intelligent mechanical platforms that can load cargo autonomously. In the solicitation, the AFRL stipulated that the “intelligent robo-pallet” must be able to move on its own, lift and stack as cargo masters instruct, possess a built-in navigation capability, fit and operate in tight quarters, and talk with all other similar technology.

“The technology developed by this effort will have direct application to commercial air-cargo handling, shipping and receiving, and warehousing,” the AFRL said.

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