Autonomous Tuggers Pull Their Weight in FedEx Hub
Autonomous, or driverless, tuggers are being used by FedEx Ground to transport bulky packages through hub facilities. The tuggers know the shape of the building and are packed with sensors.
These large e-commerce deliveries (trampolines, exercise equipment, canoes, etc) represent the fastest growing portion of FedEx Ground package volume, currently about 10% of total volume.
Using automated tuggers for repetitive, simple tasks allows team members to focus on high-value, skilled work. [Related: check out more in the New York Times.]