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Hyundai confirms $ 1.1 billion acquisition of Boston Dynamics

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This acquisition gives Hyundai access to a wider range of technologies that it can use to expand its logistics robot offering. While Spot may have a reputation for being a rather terrifying robotic dog, for example, he also has the ability to perform boring and dangerous tasks in settings not suitable for more common types of automated machines. The MIT spin-off also developed a computer vision solution for depalletization called To choose, which can be used for warehouse machines. In addition, there are plans to introduce a mobile robot for warehouses next year.

Hyundai plans to expand its offering by developing humanoid robots for services such as hospital care in the future. Boston Dynamics’ experience in developing Atlas, which is agile enough to perform complex movements such as palm rests and Parkour, could help Hyundai achieve this goal. Boston Dynamics CEO Robert Playter said in a statement:

“Boston Dynamics’ business activities have grown rapidly with the introduction of the first robot capable of automating repetitive and hazardous tasks in workplaces designed for human mobility. We share with Hyundai a vision of the transformative power of mobility and look forward to working together to accelerate our plans to enable the world to benefit from cutting-edge automation and continue to solve the world’s most difficult robotics challenges for our people. clients.

The robotics company began as a spin-off of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. Google acquired it in 2013 as part of its research and development arm X, which eventually became a separate subsidiary of Alphabet. Alphabet then sold it to Japanese conglomerate Softbank in 2017.

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