Hyundai introduces site safety robot

Hyundai Motor Group on September 17 introduced a robot for industrial site safety, and announced its pilot operation at Kia’s plant in South Korea. 

The robot, said a press release, is based on Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot, Spot, with applied artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous navigation, teleoperation technologies, and computing payload developed by the Group’s Robotics Lab.

“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 Mr Dong Jin Hyun, Head of Hyundai Motor Group Robotics Lab.

With 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 be remote-controlled through a secure webpage that provides a livestream of its movements around the plant, enabling office personnel to remotely observe industrial areas.