Robots: Hyundai is using Boston Dynamics' Spot to patrol its motor plants in ...

Robots: Hyundai is using Boston Dynamics' Spot to patrol its motor plants in ...
Robots: Hyundai is using Boston Dynamics' Spot to patrol its motor plants in ...
Spot turns watchdog! Hyundai is using Boston Dynamics’ four-legged robot to patrol its motor plants in South Korea Hyundai has upgraded Spot with new sensors, AI and autonomous navigation The robot will work to monitor factory safety and support night security patrols Spot will first be trialled in one factory before being deployed to work in others  Hyundai purchased a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics back in June this year

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Hyundai has a new site safety officer at one of its Kia assembly factories in South Korea — Spot, Boston Dynamic's famous and oft-dancing robotic dog.

In fact, the 'Factory Safety Service Robot' has been upgraded with applied artificial intelligence, autonomous navigation and various remote sensing technologies.

The robot can also be taken control of remotely and securely, allowing office personnel to observe and survey parts of the factory from a central location.

Starting with a pilot operation in one factory, the augmented Spot will support late-night security patrols and create a safer environment for plant workers.

Should this trial prove to be successful, Hyundai has said that it will look to expand the robot's patrol areas and consider deployment to additional sites.

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Hyundai hasa new site safety officer at one of its Kia assembly factories in South Korea — Spot, Boston Dynamic's famous and oft-dancing robotic dog, pictured

Hyundai hasa new site safety officer at one of its Kia assembly factories in South Korea — Spot, Boston Dynamic's famous and oft-dancing robotic dog, pictured

Hyundai has equipped the robot with a thermal camera and three-dimensional LiDAR sensing technology which allows it to see people, determine whether doors are open or closed (as pictured) monitor high-temperature systems and detect fire hazards

Hyundai has equipped the robot with a thermal camera and three-dimensional LiDAR sensing technology which allows it to see people, determine whether doors are open or closed (as pictured) monitor high-temperature systems and detect fire hazards

THE FACTORY SAFETY SERVICE ROBOT

Hyundai has upgraded Spot with a thermal camera and three-dimensional LiDAR sensing technology.

This allows it to see people, determine whether doors are open or closed, monitor high-temperature systems and detect fire hazards.

Should it detect a danger to factory personnel or infrastructure, the modified Spot can alerts managers via its secure online interface.

This also enables the robot to be remote-controlled, allowing office personnel to observe and survey parts of the factory from a central location.

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'The Factory Safety Service Robot is the first collaboration project with Boston Dynamics,' said Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Lab head Dong Jin Hyun.

'The Robot will help detect risks and secure people’s safety in industrial sites.

'We will also continue to create smart services that detect dangers at industrial sites and help support a safe work environment through continuous collaborations with Boston Dynamics.'

Hyundai has equipped the robot with a thermal camera and three-dimensional LiDAR sensing technology which allows it to see people, determine whether doors are open or closed, monitor high-temperature systems and detect fire hazards.

Should it detect a danger to factory personnel or infrastructure, the modified Spot can send alerts to managers via its online remote-control interface.

One advantage of the robot over conventional security guards is that

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