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Fred Smith Talks Autonomous Vehicles, Robots and More

April 7, 2017

Fred Smith Innovation Speech

FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith speaks to a group of more than 4,000 students at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

At a recent conference for undergraduate research, FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith talked about innovation, including his thoughts on autonomous vehicles, robots and how this technology will impact FedEx and the world moving forward.

Check out the video clips below to hear what he had to say, or you can read a transcript of the full speech.

Times are Changing

“The world turns on innovation. From using fire to cook meat a million years ago to ordering grass-fed burgers on your mobile phone today, innovation has sparked changes that, overall, have made our lives more convenient, prosperous and hopeful.”

Watch the full clip:


Autonomous Vehicles

“Probably one of the biggest tech trends in the news today is autonomous vehicles, a combination of big data and AI. It’s an important area in terms of safety since 90% of all accidents are caused by human error.”

Watch the full clip:


Robots

“For many years, the idea of robots has fascinated people and been the stuff of science fiction, with the most common plot line of robots taking over the world. Today, of course, robots are becoming more common…with no uprisings in sight.”

Watch the full clip:

Want to see a FedEx robot in action?

FedEx Repair Service Center Robot



Innovation for Good

“FedEx is intent on innovating for good. We believe we’re responsible for creating not only business value for our stakeholders but societal value for our world.”

Watch the full clip:

Learn more about FIRST Robotics and Orbis.

Comments

    Mark Maynard says:

    Great blogs communicating how our world is rapidly changing through innovation and how FedEx is leading the way!

    Christian Maraj says:

    very interesting and innovating for FedEx.

    Aleatra Jackson says:

    My dad was called Rico, I thought this was awesome

    Michael Gibson says:

    These are great testaments to FedEx’s ongoing industry leadership in delivery innovations and service excellence, our safety first priority, our commitment to global environmental stewardship and giving back to our communities. I am so proud to work for this company!

    darlene mcknight says:

    I’m all for innovations which will assist in providing excellent service and ensuring safety. I do have one concern; that is with how it will effect the human resource of the company.

    Vijay Kumar says:

    There are a great place to work with FedEx’s industry, and I am so happy with new news

    ANKIT D BAHUGUNA says:

    very interesting and developing for FedEx.

    PAWAN KUMAR MEHRA says:

    I am so happy with new news

    I think this is a good initiative, which will take the company to the height

    PATTI REINBOLD says:

    FEDEX ROCKS TECHNOLOGY AGAIN!!
    ALWAYS STAYING A HEAD OF THE CURVE.
    SO PROUD TO BE AN EMPLOYEE FOR ALOMST 30 YEARS FOR SUCH AN INNOVATIVE COMPANY.

    winston webb says:

    Now I know that FedEx is with the cutting edge of technology.. Innovative!.

    Ednenton Ralepelle says:

    Great effort,bringing new ideas on board for development and great place to work.

    Darren Casper says:

    Very interesting times, its just a matter of time in reality.

    Joe Sheffield says:

    34 Years never cease to be Amazed! Roll On FedEx!

    Joe Sheffield says:

    34 Years and Never cease to be amazed, Roll On FedEx!

    Joe Sheffield says:

    34 years and FedEx never ceases to amaze me!

    Charles Debeneadto says:

    What a wonderful time in history to be alive. What a wonderful time to be a part of the FedEx family history.

    Michael Allen says:

    Sounds like the 767 aircraft FedEx is purchasing now will probably be the last of the piloted aircraft before cargo drones become a reality. Point A to point B with a drone pilot at a desk diverting around weather when necessary. Maybe some of these younger pilots should start cross training now.

    Tyrone Swift Sr. says:

    Very good information with how FedEx Corporation is stepping up, and being a greater part of interaction with all of the technological innovation to keep our company on top, more efficient, and competitive in this world of business/global enterprise: BRAVO!!!!

    Anonymous says:

    Very good information with how FedEx Corporation is stepping up, and being a greater part of interaction with all of the technological innovation to keep our company on top, more efficient, and competitive in this world of business/global enterprise: BRAVO!!!!

    Carol says:

    Fantastic speech! Thank you for your vision. Your FedEx Space Solutions team is enabling companies through logistics support to participate in emerging Space innovation, such as high quality robotic manufacturing in Space, exomedicine research, and STEM programs like “Genes in Space.” Exciting times ahead!

    Joe says:

    WOW!

    This make me feel so proud to work for the company. Some of the things we are involved with, coupled with such a genuine and caring CEO

    Just wonderful!

    Steven Orr says:

    I saw this guy in person at the repair and re-build site with my Buddy Rey. It was awesome. Thanks Rey-Rey. I am ready for lunch on the lawn with you and the rest of the crew!

    Steven

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