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Hyundai Motor, Boston Dynamic declare to create better life via robotics

IBEF:  January 12, 2022

On the 4th of January, Boston Dynamics Chairman Marc Raibert and Hyun Dong-jin, Executive Director of Hyundai Motor Group's Robotics Lab, held a press conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to reveal their robot philosophy.

"We will lead the robotics technology to create a better life for customers and ourselves," they said.

Softbank Group earlier sold Hyundai Motor Group an 80 percent ownership in Boston Dynamics, a robotics company based in the United States. Robotics technology, according to Hyundai Motor, is necessary to lead the future transportation market. Hyundai Motor and Boston Dynamics revealed their new future directions for robot business at this year's CES 2022.

"We are carefully thinking about how to help people when developing robots," Boston Dynamics Chairman Raibert said on this day.

Boston Dynamics is known for its famous robots Spot, Stretch, and Atlas - 'Today, tomorrow, and the future,' he said of the robots.

'Today (present)' is represented by the robot 'Spot'. It was created to tackle a variety of jobs. It has the ability to move independently as well as collaborate with other works to complete tasks.

'Stretch,' the robot that represents 'future', was created with a specific mission in mind. This is useful in the logistics business for things like transportation and inventory management. Next year, it is expected to be mass-produced.

Atlas, the robot that represents the word 'future', is a humanoid robot with two legs and two arms. It also includes a vision scanner and a visual sensor, both of which are used in the human brain. It was created to be utilised on a variety of platforms and to research new ideas.

"I have no information about Tesla's robot research," Chairman Raibert remarked of the company's robot development. "However, it will be unexpected if Tesla succeeds in the robot market, such as humanoids."

"The competition deserves to be welcomed," he remarked in particular. "I would like to live in a world when customers question, "Which robot should we get?" instead of "Can we buy a robot?" He also demonstrated how Boston Dynamics and Hyundai Motor have a good partnership.

"The two companies are collaborating on a number of cooperative efforts," Chairman Raibert remarked. "Hyundai Motor is spending heavily in research and development for present and future business, as well as having mass-production capabilities."

"Hyundai Motor has also expanded its expertise in the robotics industry. Hyundai Motor's top management, led by Chairman Chung Eui-sun, is also paying attention to and actively supporting robotics technology."

He also suggested the prospect of working together again in the future. "Both Boston Dynamics and Hyundai Motor are actively discussing additional partnership. Next year or in two years, we may be able to announce a complete plan. Boston Dynamics has benefited from communication with Chairman Chung and his followers."

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