February 11 2019

Firefighters Battling Inferno Forced to Dodge Moving Robots at Warehouse Using Autonomous Bots

Firefighters trying to put out flames at an Ocado warehouse had to dodge robots as they battled through the smoke…

Firefighters trying to put out flames at an Ocado warehouse had to dodge robots as they battled through the smoke to find the one that started the fire.

The company’s customer fulfilment center in Andover, Hampshire, has 1,110 robots that sort and package groceries for delivery. It caught fire last week.

 

More than 300 firefighters in 20 fire engines tackled the blaze in an area in which 600 robots pick groceries for 30,000 deliveries a week. Some said that the robots on the “grid”, a three-story aluminum structure, continued to move independently while they tried to put out the fire.

“They are battery powered and were still moving about when we entered the warehouse.” (Read More)