Boston Dynamics Spot Leaves French Army to Inspect Factories

With the thrill of the hunt wearing thin, the Boston Dynamics ‘Spot’ robot has left the french army to become a factory safety inspector.

According to a hyundai press release, the company is testing Spot at a Kia manufacturing plant in South Korea. Spot will tour the factory for potential hazards to help improve site safety. Engadget notes that this brand is the first public collaboration between Hyundai and Boston Dynamics since the automaker acquired a majority stake in the robotics company at the beginning of this year.

Hyundai also posted a YouTube video showing Spot in action. Attentive users may notice that the robot looks a bit different in the Hyundai video, that’s because it sports a special backpack. The backpack adds several enhancements to Spot, including a thermal camera, light sensing and range (LiDAR) and an ‘Artificial Intelligence Processing Service Unit’ with additional resources to handle more intense artificial intelligence processing.

The service unit allows Spot to detect people, monitor temperatures, and check for fire hazards. It can also detect dangers and send alarms to administrators.

In addition, Hyundai says that operators can control the robot remotely via a secure website with live streaming, allowing office staff to observe industrial areas remotely.

The testing program will help Hyundai assess the effectiveness of Spot. For starters, the robot will support nightly security patrols. Hyundai indicates that if the tests go well, it could expand the robot’s patrol areas and consider additional deployments at other industrial sites.

Image Credit: Hyundai

Source: Hyundai Via: Engadget


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