MODULAR MULTIFUNCTIONAL WORKCELLS FOR AUTONOMOUS GUIDED VEHICLE APPLICATIONS

Utility Patent Application (A1)

April 8, 2021

Source: USPTO via Sqoop

Applicants: Google LLC

Inventors: Michael Helsel, Ned Lecky, Avinash Panga, Adam Morton

Methods, systems, and apparatus for transporting workcells. In one aspect, a system includes a first fleet of AGVs that each include electro-mechanical interface that is adapted to (i) connect to or lift multiple different types of workcells and (ii) provide charging power to or receive charging power from multiple different types of workcells. A second fleet of multiple different types of workcells are each adapted to perform one or more particular tasks. A control system is configured to identify a set of tasks to be performed by the second fleet of workcells and, for each task, select a workcell to perform the task, select an AGV to transport the selected workcell to a location at which the task is to be performed, and provide, to the selected AGV, instructions that cause the selected AGV to transport the selected workcell to the location at which the task is to be performed.