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Freight

A woman in blue shirt and jeans sits on middle level of three stacked robotic platforms of varying sizes.
Fetch founder Melonee Wise with the three Freight models. Photo: Fetch Robotics

Freight is an autonomous mobile base for use in warehouses to transport materials from point A to point B. The robot platforms come in three zippy flavors – 100, 500 and 1500, all of which represent the payload it can handle in kilograms.

Creator

Fetch Robotics

(Fetch Robotics was acquired by Zebra Technologies in 2021.)

Year
2014
Country
United States 🇺🇸
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Freight robots at DHL. Video: Fetch Robotics

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A company hackathon resulted in Snackbots that can autonomously deliver snacks anywhere in the Fetch office.

A blue, white and grey mobile robot sits underneath a multi-level cart in a warehouse full of boxes.
Freight can pick up and move product carts. Photo: Fetch Robotics

History

Fetch Robotics was founded in early 2015 by a team of robot experts who had started Unbounded Robotics just two years before. The founders, including Fetch CEO Melonee Wise, all worked at Willow Garage, and Unbounded was a mobile manipulation-focused spin-off of Willow. Fetch was a fresh start that allowed the new company to fully develop their concept for an intelligent, robust, and efficient autonomous mobile robotic system for warehouses and factories. In 2021, Zebra Technologies acquired Fetch for US $305 million.

The robot carries a grey container with packages via a blue raised tabletop attached to the base.
Freight uses a Roller Top to transfer bins onto a conveyor belt. Photo: Fetch Robotics

Specs

Overview

Payload of 100 to 1500 kilograms based on model. Configurable shelving for various package and pallet sizes. Integrated 3D camera and lidar for vision and obstacle avoidance. Custom motors and suspension for precise and reliable odometer. Injection-molded fire-resistant skins for industrial-grade durability.

Status

Ongoing

Year

2014

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Width
50.8 cm
Height
35.6 cm
Length
55.9 cm
Weight
68 kg
Speed
7.2 km/h
Sensors

Two Intel RealSense 3D cameras, SICK TIM lidar

Actuators

Mobile robot differential drive train with hub motors

Degrees of Freedom (DoF)
2
Materials

Aluminum, steel, plastic skins

Compute

Intel i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 120 GB SSD

Software

Ubuntu 14.04, Robot Operating System (ROS), custom navigation packages

Power

Sealed lead-acid battery, 9 hours of operation

Cost
35000 (base price)