Reviews Hyundai takes over robot developer Boston Dynamics

18:12  21 june  2021
18:12  21 june  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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The company Boston Dynamics, which is famous with its current robots, now belongs to the South Korean car maker Hyundai.

Der Roboter «Spot». Die mit ihren laufenden Robotern bekanntgewordene Firma Boston Dynamics gehört nun dem südkoreanischen Autobauer Hyundai. © Daniel Reinhardt / DPA The robotic "spot". The company Boston Dynamics, which is famous with her running robots, now belongs to the South Korean car maker Hyundai.

One wanted to build a "robotic value chain" that rich from the production of robot parts to intelligent logistics solutions, announced Hyundai.

value of 1.1 billion dollars

The value of Boston Dynamics is $ 1.1 billion after transaction (about 925 million euros), it was said. Hyundai took over 80 percent of the shares and the previous owners, the Japanese technology group Softbank, retain a subsidiary the remaining 20 percent.

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demo videos with robots from Boston Dynamics have been concerned for years for years - even because they show the progress of technology. First, the robots modeled in their movements often fell hard to keep the balance. Meanwhile, they also master complex movements and can use races, jumping, wearing stairs, wear crates and get up independently if you change them. The robot "Spot", which moves like a dog, now sells Boston Dynamics as the first commercial product, for example, for guard services. The New York police also gained one of the "spot" robots for their missions - but looked out quickly after criticism.

Multiple ownership changes

Boston Dynamics went through several ownership changes in recent years. First, the company was taken over by Google. However, the Internet Group, who became more and more visible to competitive counters and critics of the technology industry, screwed back his robotics plans. Softbank bought Google Boston Dynamics 2017 - and at that time also had plans to put stronger on robots. However, in the meantime, the Japanese Group penetrates its portfolio, among other things, after the billions-heavy misinvestment in the office space provider Work.

Hyundai - Together with the sister brand KIA - just want to change to a provider "Smarter Mobility Solutions". These included investments in future technologies, including self-propelled cars, artificial intelligence, aircraft for urban mobility and robots.

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