Dearborn - It's one thing to have self-driving delivery vans but how do you get the packages from the vehicle to the doorstep or other place of delivery?
Ford is teaming up with walking robots maker Agility Robotics to provide a robotic solution to that problem.
The carmaker has been moving steadily on the development of full-service autonomous driving vans which it could potentially license out to companies ranging from Domino's Pizza to Lyft or Target.
It launched a self-driving pilot with delivery partners including Domino's in Miami last year, and it said it was working on the best way to integrate Agility's two-legged robot, Digit, into future vans.
Digit is capable of lifting packages that weigh up to 18kg, and it can walk up and down stairs and through uneven terrain, while maintaining its balance after being bumped, Ford said.