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Robots Edge Closer to Unloading Trucks in Amazon-Era Milestone

New Siemens, Honeywell devices work at least as fast as people. ‘The job is miserable inside that trailer.’

The Honeywell Robotic unloader.

The Honeywell Robotic unloader.

Source: Honeywell

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As FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. beef up automation to keep pace with surging e-commerce and a potential threat from Amazon.com Inc., they’ve been stumped at a crucial stage: loading and unloading trucks.

Robot makers are getting close to solving part of that puzzle.