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Logistics giant GXO is conducting an early-stage proof-of-concept programme, in partnership with robot manufacturer Apptronik, with the aim of advancing humanoid prototypes designed for warehouse automation.

Apptronik’s general purpose industrial humanoid robot – Apollo – stands 5’8” tall , can carry 55 pounds and operates on swappable batteries that are configured to give it the highest operational time of any humanoid robot.

Apollo is powered by linear actuators that mimic the mechanics of human muscles and provide a full range of mobility. Its unique force control architecture and flexible safety zone perimeter allow Apollo to work safely around and directly with people.

Together, the companies are evaluating the overall performance of the robot in a lab setting to further fine-tune Apptronik’s AI model before deploying the technology to a US distribution centre once ready.  

“We’re excited to partner with Apptronik to develop their AI-enabled humanoid robot,” said Adrian Stoch, chief automation officer, GXO.

“Apollo has great potential to add value throughout the distribution center, including the most labor-intensive operational processes. These kinds of robotics reduce repetitive work and improve safety while freeing associates to focus on higher-value-added activities. As we progress on our R&D journey with Apptronik, we’ll also be evaluating its capability for other critical use cases along the way.”

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