Hyundai has created a robotic service dog that can do fancy tricks

Hyundai is known for making high-quality cars and SUVs, like the popular Palisade. But the company also spends a lot of time and money on research and development – the South Korean automaker is even researching flying cars. He is also interested in robotics. Since acquiring Boston Dynamics, Hyundai has developed a robot service dog that can do fancy tricks.

Hyundai acquired Boston Dynamics

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Boston Dynamics has appeared in the news and in viral videos, and the company has built robots for experiments and just for fun. Some of Boston Dynamics’ most advanced robots were even for sale, but the company never produced many. However, the company had a lot of research, technology and experience under its belt.

This is no doubt why Hyundai paid just under a billion dollars to buy Boston Dynamics in 2020. With this purchase, the automaker gained access to many robots from Boston Dynamics, in particular one of its best known, Spot. As his name suggests, Spot looked like a dog. Although Spot didn’t see many sales, it became the inspiration for Hyundai’s robotic service dog.

What prompted Hyundai to create a service dog robot?

Hyundai Factory Security Robot Service Dog | Hyundai Motor America

Boston Dynamics is no stranger to robot dogs. But Spot was one of his last creations before Hyundai bought the company.

Hyundai’s robotic assistance dog, uninterestingly named Factory Safety Service Robot, is based on Spot, a four-legged robot. Like most robots, Spot had sensors that allowed him to see. It was one of his most useful tools because anyone controlling Spot could use it to look at things that were hard to reach or dangerous to reach. Like Spot, the new “quadruped robot is able to navigate narrow spaces and identify blind spots that are difficult for the human eye to see”, hyundai said.

Hyundai also explains that the The Factory Security Service Robot (or “Robot” for short)” is equipped with various technologies suitable for autonomous patrol services in industrial site environments, including task management and machine-based vision technology. ‘deep learning’. Hyundai is testing the robot at Kia’s plant in South Korea to “support nighttime safety patrols and create a safer environment for workers”.

Other features of the robotic assistance dog include “AI to detect people, [a] thermal camera to detect high temperature hazards, LiDAR to recognize door openings, and navigation technology that allows it to move autonomously through designated areas within industrial sites – all of which can be extended to other types of mobile robot platforms.

All the fancy moves Hyundai’s robotic service dog can do

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Hyundai’s robotic assistance dog takes Spot’s functionality and improves on it. One of the many improvements to the new robot dog is its batteries. It now only takes about an hour to fully charge. However, it is always faster to replace old batteries with new ones.

Another upgrade is the robot’s sensors, as it now has color vision, Engine1 reports. Although Hyundai’s robot dog does not need color to see, this advantage is useful for the remote operator. In addition to this, the operator also receives a new tablet, which makes it easier to control the robot.

However, Hyundai’s new robot dog doesn’t always need a human operator. He also moves more easily than Spot.

A robot dog wouldn’t really be a dog if it couldn’t do tricks, and Hyundai’s robot dog has some fancy moves. He can move his legs independently, walk forwards and backwards on stairs, cross his legs, swing, swing, prance and jump. You can see his full range of motion in the video above.

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