Motor Group has introduced a ‘Factory Safety Service Robot’ for industrial site
safety, and announced its pilot operation at Kia’s plant in South Korea.
robot is based on Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot, Spot, with applied
artificial intelligence(AI), autonomous navigation, tele operation
technologies, and computing payload (AI Processing Service Unit) developed by
the Group’s Robotics Lab for the robot’s usage in various industrial tasks.
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,” he added.
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. The robot can be remote-controlled
through a secure webpage that provides a live stream of its movements around
the plant, enabling office personnel to remotely observe industrial areas. The
robot’s AI technology also allows the robot to detect dangers and send alarms
to managers through the secure webpage.
on these functions, the robot provides real-time sharing of photos of on-site
situations and an activity log with the control center as well as support a
rapid response in the event of an emergency by sounding an alarm on the control
webpage. Managers can switch to manual teleoperation whenever needed to conduct
a closer look at important industrial sites. It is also possible to connect
multiple Factory Service Safety Robots to the control system to simultaneously
check various zones.
quadruped robot is able to navigate through narrow spaces as well as identify
blind areas that are hard to see with the human eye. Applying the Group’s
technologies to Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot also provides the robot with
enhanced autonomy features. Based on the Group’s experience with development of
service robots, the robot is equipped with diverse technologies suitable for
autonomous patrol services within industrial site environments, including task
management and deep learning-based vision technology.
Group has applied several of its own technologies to the robot, including AI
for detecting people, thermal camera for detecting high-temperature risks,
LiDAR for recognizing door openings, and
navigation technology that allows it to move autonomously along designated
areas within industrial sites—all of which can be expanded to other types of
mobile robot platforms.
the pilot operation at Kia’s plant in South Korea, the Group will use the robot
to support late-night security patrols and create a safer environment for
workers. The Group will also go through the robot’s proof of concept and assess
its effectiveness as well as its applicability before expanding its patrol
areas and reviewing additional deployment to other industrial sites.
this year, the Group acquired a controlling interest in Boston Dynamics to
develop robotic technologies that enhance people’s lives and promote safety.
The advancement of robotics technologies will lend synergies to the Group’s
industrial sites, autonomous vehicles, and future Urban Air Mobility (UAM)
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