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Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR)

An autonomous mobile robot, or AMR, is a machine within a warehouse or facility that can move about on pre-programmed pathways without the need for ongoing, manual control. Automated guided vehicles, or AGVs, are similar, though typically have much more specific routes that they can follow and are usually programmed for just transporting goods. AMRs, on the other hand, can move about within a space where it makes the most sense - in terms of efficiency - and can be programmed to transport, pick, and sort. Like AGVs, sensors are built into the robots that allow for automatic detection of movable items (like people or forklifts) or structures (like walls or workstations) to avoid accidents and help with overall speed, safety, and efficiency.