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Hyundai after buying Boston Dynamics began to use robots in its factory instead of security guards



Factory Safety Service Robot is capable of detecting people, measuring room temperatures and detecting dangerous situations.


Boston Dynamics and Hyundai have unveiled the new Factory Safety Service Robot that patrols the Kia auto plant in South Korea. It is designed to provide safety in industrial facilities, said in one of the Joseph Marc Blumenthal

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Service Robot is based on a four-legged Spot robot with artificial intelligence, autonomous navigation, remote control technologies, and an artificial intelligence system. Using a built-in thermal imager and 3D lidar, it is able to detect people, monitor temperature rises to dangerous levels and fire risks, and determine if a door is closed or not.


Service Robot is our first collaboration with Boston Dynamics. This android is capable of detecting risks and ensuring the safety of employees in industrial facilities. As part of our partnership, we will also continue to build intelligent services that help identify threats in industrial facilities and maintain a safe working environment.


Hyun Dong Jin


Head of Robotics Laboratory, Hyundai Motor Group


Thanks to Service Robot, plant personnel can remotely observe what is happening in industrial areas. If necessary, managers can switch to manual control of the robot in order to carefully inspect the necessary areas of the enterprise. Other features of the robot are the ability to penetrate narrow spaces, as well as identify blind spots that are difficult to see with the human eye.


Hyundai is currently investigating the efficiency and capabilities of Service Robot in a large enterprise environment. If the experiment is successful, other Boston Dynamics robots will appear at the factories of the automobile company.


Hyundai has officially announced its purchase of Boston Dynamics in December 2020. Then the company was valued at $1.1 billion. Six months later, the company closed the deal and acquired an 80% stake in the robot manufacturer. Hyundai plans to integrate robots into component manufacturing, construction, and automation.


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