Hyundai, Boston Dynamics launch Factory Safety Service Robot

Hyundai has introduced a new ‘Factory Safety Service Robot’ for industrial site safety, with its pilot operation at Kia’s plant in South Korea.

The robot is based on Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot, Spot. It possesses applied artificial intelligence, autonomous navigation, teleoperation technologies and commuting payload (AI processing service unit) developed by Hyundai’s Robotics Lab.

Using an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR, the robot is able to detect persons around it, monitor high-temperature situations and potential fire hazards, and perceive whether a door is open or closed. It can provide real-time sharing of photos as well as record an activity log with the main control centre.

Once a hazard is detected, the robot sends an alarm to the manager on duty through a secure webpage. The manager can switch to manual teleoperation whenever needed to conduct a closer investigation.

“The Factory Safety Service Robot is the first collaboration project with Boston Dynamics. The Robot will help detect risks and secure people’s safety in industrial sites,” said Dong Jin Hyun, Head of Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Lab.

“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.”

The pilot operation will see the robot provide late-night security patrol support at Kia’s plant in South Korea.

VIDEO: Hyundai Motor Group x Boston Dynamics ‘Factory Safety Service Robot

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