Robots are already doing many tasks for businesses. The Honeywell Fully Automated Robotic Unloader can unload packages without need for an operator. It uses AI to operate fully autonomously inside of a trailer. Here is how it works:
Honeywell’s new robotic unloader drives into a trailer or container and uses machine vision to identify various package shapes and sizes as well as the optimal approach to unloading. A robotic arm with a series of small suction cups conforms to the package shape to gently extract it from the stack. A conveyor below the arm can serve as a sweeper for packages to move them out of the trailer.
These robots can unload 1500 items per hour. They are designed to go gently on packages.