Boston Dynamics’ Spot Becomes a Robotic Watchdog for Hyundai
CNET’s Roadshow reports that a safety-oriented version of Boston Dynamics’ headless dog-shaped robot “Spot” will begin patrolling a Kia plant in South Korea, “to survey industrial areas remotely and help identify issues before they happen.”

For example, Spot’s new thermal camera and 3D lidar (courtesy of Hyundai’s technology chest) can identify personnel near machinery with high temperatures. In this case, our robotic canine friend may be able to pinpoint a fire hazard before a human does. The robot can be controlled remotely by human operators as well, and send potential alarms for hazards and notify plant management of a situation. Hyundai also plans to have the robot accompany night patrols to create a safer environment. With new gadgetry attached to Spot, including the latest artificial intelligence that helps it understand if doors are open or closed, the automaker believes the robot can play a big part in security…
All of Spot’s new tasks are part of a pilot program so Hyundai can see if there’s value in deploying additional Spot-based, robotic security dogs in other plants.
Hyundai’s motor group has released a slick video showing the security robot in action.
It ends with the words “Robotics for Humanity.”

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