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Inside A Warehouse Where Thousands Of Robots Pack Groceries

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Ocado's new warehouse has thousands of robots zooming around a grid system to pack groceries. The thousands of robots can process 65,000 orders every week. They communicate on a 4G network to avoid bumping into each other. Is this the future of retail? See more from Ocado: https://www.ocado.com/ Tech Insider tells you all you need to know about tech: gadgets, how-to's, gaming, science, digital culture, and more. Subscribe to our channel and visit us at: http://www.businessinsider.com/sai TI on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider TI on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tech_insider/ TI on Twitter: https://twitter.com/techinsider
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mohd taupik (7 hours ago)
Not all jobs gone... there are a lot of tasks that robot can't do... and using robot is not cost effective... so we still needs human for job
Fienly0109 (17 hours ago)
Bring it on
Akihiko Hayashi (18 hours ago)
I can imagine the way flying cars communicate being a more complex version of this
japrogramer (22 hours ago)
They tuk r jurbs
qwerty uiop (3 days ago)
Well that didn't explain much
Nikos V (3 days ago)
do the robots actually pick any of the items from the crates? this is notoriously difficult and no company as far as I know has a picking robot that can pick diverse items such as a bag of chips, a doll, a packet of biscuits etc with the correct pressure etc without breaking or dropping some items. i would really like to know if this company has solved that as it is a game changer, I strongly suspect they have not
otherwisemaladroit (3 days ago)
I'd like to see this with 5G.
ジョジョ大好きおじさん (4 days ago)
シビュラシステムかな
Feras Hamdan (4 days ago)
Who decides the ethics of this trend? Who had studied the social impact? Who actually had approved it? If people do not meet and interact in the marketplaces and workplaces then can I say every one will be a presinor somehow. Too sad.
Roboworld (4 days ago)
Right here in Ohio! Can't wait to see how this plays out!
Pooja K (5 days ago)
Wow! This is a very nice concept. There are a few things which don't help understand if the stated robots are indeed robots or simply PLC controlled trolleys. The grid of crates can be seen as an N×M grid of fixed dimension p×q cells and considering the know speed of trolleys and M trolleys, all one needs to do at the back end is to right an algorithm to move the trolleys in direction(seek cell, restore cell, destination) and ensure collision avoidance. All of this can be done through PLC and through ATC, within a stupulated time, a trajectory change if needed for trolleys be programmed or the number of cells to go can be sent in real time. The logic control for this application may be simpler than that for Uber. At the crate filling end, the robotic arm is not shown to be more than one that allow bar code scanning. But this part is more AI than the one on the grid, however still simpler than robotic arms in car assembly lines. The question is : Is AI needed for applications for which PLC is just enough. But it is still a very amazing achievement to be able to 65k orders per week. Good for warehouses, meaning large e commerce companies, but an overkill for retail.
Asteclimanos San (6 days ago)
Is there another video showing the full process?
SteelRodent (9 days ago)
You only explain how the robots are controlled, not what they actually do or how the system works. Pointless video, really.
ThebigE31 (11 days ago)
This video contained very little useful information, like the old football metric or they travel at 4 meters per second instead of a more common mph or kph unit and no explanation of how they work or what they are actually doing.
mmachefert (13 days ago)
Thank god for the 'Yellow Vests' that are going to put an end to all this BS.
HI LEE (14 days ago)
Korean warehouses still not advancing high technologies of the order deliveries system because of low labor pay and regulation policy.
Dueng Design (20 days ago)
How do they restock? Them robots do it too?
Cat Hat (22 days ago)
And this is exactly why we don't need low skilled immigration into the UK.
dipanker baral (23 days ago)
50 years ago. when they manufactured trucks. people complained. instead of 100 people carrying goods, only a single person will do it. 99 jobs lost. People couldn't see the upcoming greater good. So is the case now. So will it be in future
wei andyjon (23 days ago)
look like bees
Luck z (26 days ago)
GOODBYE HUMANS. FOREVER. 🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖🤖
Mehroz karim rind (29 days ago)
Week director or creative
PrimiusLovin (1 month ago)
I don't think it's the future of retail in general, but it might be the most viable solution for some places and some companies which have a high demand for delivering groceries at home or to another business intermediate. Personally, I still enjoy making my groceries in location...
amadexi (1 month ago)
And yet people are scared of Mexicans taking "their" jobs.
Fantasticman (1 month ago)
Another copycat
Ted Smith (1 month ago)
You, unnecessarily, told us things which we can see, but failed to explain what the robots are actually doing. The caption says the packing is done by people or other robots, so what are the white box robots doing?
Baffour Owusu-Ansah (1 month ago)
I really wish I could work as a Robotic Engineer here does anyone at all have contacts to this place?
Rykahnz (1 month ago)
I've seen the same robots in a Chinese mail factory these are not made in Britain as they claim
BLANK BLANK (1 month ago)
FACT: This is why POVERTY is growing faster and faster globally and why our planet looks more and more trashed! Companies are replacing human intellect with robotic intellect! 100% UNETHICAL AND IMMORAL!
BLANK BLANK (1 month ago)
FACT: Bad technology! It gets rid of thousands of jobs! It also will NEVER be able to pick (blemish free/damage free packaged) food/vegetables based on how the consumer plucks them with bare hands at a grocery store and is very picky about it)!
sleepyfaryna (1 month ago)
I always enjoy listening to people yammering about saving the planet and how we should care for one another supporting things like this and other wastes of energy and resources. Everyone is so busy consuming and trying to be the first to have the newest thing out there but no one wants to slow down and ask themselves whats going to happen to all the people who won't have jobs, sure these would be low skill jobs but none the less jobs. There are no programs to help people to succeed in school, things like technical schools are all but a page in a history book. Mean while we're teacher kids gender natural garbage. All i'm saying is stop relying on technology so much. We've forgotten to put in fail safes, if it ever fails people will be too stupid and impatient to figure it out . Apologies for this incoherent mess i too am stupid
Neal Medeiros (1 month ago)
65,000 orders per week how many UPC's per order? can I see a video of how product is loaded into the totes.
damarh (1 month ago)
how is the future if our cars aren't real ?
MOUNTOUNS (1 month ago)
Who came here from (your daily dose of internet)
Barbara Garden (1 month ago)
Where does the food supply come from?
Edward Oskarsson (1 month ago)
liberating humans one automation at a time.
Edward Oskarsson (1 month ago)
+BLANK BLANK oh right, that has to be what is happening. Not that machines make things more efficient and available for people since the cost of production goes down. You know what, before you reply to this I suggest you have a look at the doc "The Choice Is Ours" by Jaque Fresco.
BLANK BLANK (1 month ago)
Increasing poverty one human being as a time! (Edward Oskarsson) = easily fooled by corporations!
Victor Tagayun (1 month ago)
CGI
Comments Section Fire & Rescue (1 month ago)
Amazon would like to know your location
Uka Kun (1 month ago)
More unemploy
Teo O (2 months ago)
Nothing to be proud of. If you want to increase the number of jobless people continue like this.
a a (2 months ago)
My dad was right.... I am useless
Kamal Hans (2 months ago)
ho hum
TheDroidBay (2 months ago)
beep boop
CatsMeowPaw (2 months ago)
This is beautiful. I hope all warehouses will be like this very soon.
BLANK BLANK (1 month ago)
Then you will not have a job one day or your children will not!
G009 (2 months ago)
Why do they need light?
bazawhacha (2 months ago)
The least informative video I think I’ve ever seen
Mihael100 (2 months ago)
we ll end up with basic income, lets claim that guys!
flower (2 months ago)
Does anyone care about the workers that previously did these jobs the robots are now doing are maybe now out of work?
MA Akkaoui (2 months ago)
Well it's a good idea but walking in a supermarket with family is better because you enjoy your time, however robot does thinks while you are waiting, which is annoying
Mike (2 months ago)
But how do you get the baskets out??
Nodak81 (2 months ago)
I would never use this, at least not for meat or fruit/veggies. I insist on picking out that stuff myself. If you leave it up to someone else, be it a human or a robot, you're guaranteed to get the half-rotten stuff that should have been thrown out.
blah979 (2 months ago)
System seems way over complicated for what it does. It's amazing though and the vid didn't really do much apart from show some pictures so I might be incorrect.
Foxtrot November (2 months ago)
What if you wanted to add another grocery items or cancel it. And the paid was already made? How would that be process if there was a return of 1 item or an additional item to be included?
ColinJ (2 months ago)
So what do the robots do? The video only vaguely explained that they do something with groceries. Looked pleasant though
T Oncken (2 months ago)
No job, no wages. No wages, no buy stuff. No buy stuff, go hungry. Go hungry , get ANGRY ......
Paul Harrison (2 months ago)
These robots are built in Blyth Northumberland
G Lewis (2 months ago)
Humans with no ability to productively contribute to an economies workforce like myself are going to become blood and organ donors, fuel, field fillers or the new main diet for crocodiles, lions and tigers.
Cheeky Crafter (2 months ago)
I will never buy from orcado they are putting thousands of people out of work.
unboxing theboxx (2 months ago)
We gonne losse our jobs😥
BrighT L0rd (2 months ago)
Another job lost
Good Luck (2 months ago)
THEY TAKIN OUR JERBS!!!
Concerned Canadian (2 months ago)
4G is for them & 5G is for the humans...
Denis M. (2 months ago)
rip jobs
996601 996601 (2 months ago)
Are the robots Union?
Luiz Ricardo Assumpção (2 months ago)
Beautiful!
QmlsbHkg QXVzdHJhbGlh (2 months ago)
the nice music makes this ok
A P (2 months ago)
Seems like a waste. We should push for people to sustain their food at their home or residence
BLANK BLANK (1 month ago)
+Sam KingMost people globally cannot even afford land because our governments made even that impossible! I agree: we NEED to take the land back by force and start growing our own farms!
Sam King (2 months ago)
Ideally, yes but that's not always possible in all areas. It would be interesting to do a study on the impact of a setup like this with localized delivery vs. hundreds of people driving to their local grocery store.
3G4G (2 months ago)
"They communicate on a 4G network to avoid bumping into each other." We think that this statement is probably not true. They have a proprietary communications network that allows it to communicate with an extremely low latency.
PIGGY WINNY (2 months ago)
what a waste of money! LOL! You will never outperform Chinese people, LOL! 4 m/s at best. Cost of robots, repair, cost of energy, it is not viable. Now I know why delivery is so expensive from OCADO. Never order from them! 65,000 orders, and the size of the warehouse is few football pitches. It does not scale, if I were owner, I would suck the people who approved this idea. Completely stupid! Air traffic control system, how much cost to maintain this software??? How much you pay these engineers??? You over complicated problem, OCADO! LOOOOL! Let say you will do 100 times what you do now, if someone cyber-attack your server. You will be screwed!!!
Patti Murphy (2 months ago)
Destroy it!
matt jackson (2 months ago)
Lots of me pictures, but sadly zero information on how the system actually works. Thank you for wasting 3 minutes of my life.
bogey19018 (2 months ago)
THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT YOUR JOB AND DEMAND HIGHER WAGES FOR A LOW WAGE JOB
eye rule (2 months ago)
this is the coolest thing iv seen in a while
brandon jarvis (2 months ago)
This is stupid and I'd never use it, go to ur local grocer and support people, not robots for big corp. Plus the video didn't give us enough info. Hopefully someone sabotaged the machines, get people back to work
HARNAYRAYAN SINGH (2 months ago)
Why robot not hit together because human are smarter than robots
Fry D (2 months ago)
In the future there are robots to clean, maintain and dispose these robots.
Luke Anderson (3 months ago)
65,000 orders a week is only 10,000 orders a day, which is just over 400 orders an hour if it's 24/7. Considering there's "thousands of robots", isn't this a bit inefficient? Even with 1,000 robots that means each robots output is 1 order every 2.5 hours? This tech is great but surely a more efficient algorithm could produce the same output with less robots?
Undefined Lastname (3 months ago)
Worst explanation, ever.
David Goans (3 months ago)
I see a lot of jobs going out the window I also see the Terminator movie come to life
Kakashi Hatake (3 months ago)
People asking to raise minimum wage.....😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
ash man (3 months ago)
With these robojobs they can have families and houses in the suburbs.
MrSaemichlaus (3 months ago)
Air traffic control system? What?
許漢庭 (3 months ago)
I have finished watching this video completely. (我看完這部影片了) I am a Taiwanese who cares about the global affairs. (我是一個關心全球事務的台灣人) And, sadly, most of my fellow Taiwanese don't really care about the world. (但是,很不幸地,我大部分的台灣同胞不那麼在意世界。) Hopefully Taiwan can become increasingly globally-aware and globally-competitive. (希望台灣可以越來越有全球意識與全球競爭力。) God bless Taiwan. (天佑台灣。)
Sunny Choudhary (3 months ago)
Wow! Robots are saviour of humanity saving time from work but when a tax paying, local business supporting ,legal immigrants do the same , they are taking American jobs. So Americans will rather have a robot take a job but an immigrant who would have supported local economy are greedy devils. For the argument robots are creating jobs it destroys. Yes sure! But this facility just put 700-1000 families on the road to create 10 jobs max and half of them are outsourced.
Frederik Felding (3 months ago)
If it is entirely robots in a warehouse, and the robots doesn't use cameras to drive, then why do the company waste so many money on light?
Milano Martin (3 months ago)
It looks like the robots are taking dumps. O___________O
Sandlin22 (3 months ago)
"They took our jeeerrbs"
adam T (3 months ago)
#swisslogic
chesterlife (3 months ago)
imagine them doing a dance like a bunch of tiny ants
Kirk Johnson (3 months ago)
If Arnold finds out about this HE will put a stop to it!!
Dimass036 (3 months ago)
So satisfying can be put on repeat.
surreygeorge11 (3 months ago)
Great for anyone who owns a huge warehouse. Just a few guys needed to do maintenance. Not good news for warehouse workers. How about inventing something that earns a paycheck for everyday people?
Petere Poet (3 months ago)
Let’s see, if the warehouse employs 1/10 the staff then that represents that 1/10th of the local workforce can’t buy product. If no one is working, who has the money to buy the product? Remember, Life is a barter system, if you’ve no goods and services offered by humans, you have nothing to trade. It’s profitable from the first to market but Long term a local disaster. Be careful what you wish for. A few nasty solar flairs or ransom ware attacking could cost millions in delayed packing/shipping. Life has to be a blend of man and machine.
Bruno Manco (3 months ago)
So the solution for the future will be robots buying stuff that other robots make. the 7 billion humans, or more at the time, Will spend theyre life traveling, painting and writing books right?
pendle (3 months ago)
bhainchod, what a useless video. Should've explained a bit instead of showing the same clip over and over again.
awacon awacon (3 months ago)
So in the future, no well educated people gonna be put down by lethal injection? Nobody will need them :-(
RAUL CLARK (3 months ago)
More like the Future of LAZINESS!!!!!
TakeOff yourMASK (3 months ago)
They always crush my Eggs and Bread...lol
Bannaga Express (3 months ago)
Not , retail...perhaps ride-sharing too...using streets or tunnels as grids...
Dan Lomeli (3 months ago)
No blockchain technology, meh.
Mathieu Lamaure (3 months ago)
Progress is raging. The future is not lacking prospects.