Hyundai deploys Boston Dynamics robot for factory safety


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Seoul. South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Group has deployed a robot to inspect safety at its factory in a first collaboration with US-based startup Boston Dynamics. The factory safety service robot based on Boston Dynamic’s four-legged robot Spot went into pilot operation at its subsidiary Kia Corp’s plant in Gwangmyeong, southwest of Seoul, the automotive group said.

This is the first project undertaken between the two companies after the automotive conglomerate completed an $880 million acquisition of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank in June.

Hyundai Motor said the robot will be able to navigate the factory automatically with the help of its artificial intelligence processing unit, teleoperation techniques and other sensors, Yonhap news agency reported.

In a YouTube video clip, the robot climbs up and down stairs to navigate an evacuated factory after dark. and checks whether the appliance is hot or the doors are open.

Hyundai Motor said it will collect data from a pilot project to optimize the robot’s performance and implement it in various industrial sites.

The automotive group is working with a Boston-based robotics firm to develop industrial robots and support smart factory and smart mobility solutions. (IANS)

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