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Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities

By TechCrunch

July 29, 2020

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Ford will use two of Boston Dynamics' Spot robots to help the automaker update the original engineering plans of a transmission manufacturing plant, as a pilot program.

The four-legged, dog-like robots will employ onboard laser scanners and cameras to generate detailed maps that engineers can use to upgrade and overhaul the facility.

The Spot robots continuously rove and scan, which should cut mapping time by up to 50%.

The robots also can operate for up to two hours at a speed of about 3 mph, and their small size and nimble navigation enables them to map areas that may be inaccessible to people.

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