Proteus is an autonomous mobile robot that can pick up, transport, and drop off containers in Amazon fulfillment facilities. The robot is designed to safely operate in spaces shared by human workers, and it uses light, sound, and even physical movement to help people nearby understand its state and intent.
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Proteus is named for one of the moons of Neptune.
In 2012, Amazon acquired a robotics company called Kiva, which had pioneered fleets of warehouse robots, called drive units. Fast forward 10 years, and now Amazon has more than 520,000 robotic drive units. Also in 2022, the company unveiled Proteus, a fully autonomous mobile robot designed to be safely incorporated in the same physical space where Amazon employees work. Proteus moves through warehouses completely on its own using advanced safety, perception, and navigation capabilities.