Industrial Electronics

Video: How many robotic dogs does it take to pull a truck?

18 April 2019

Boston Dynamics has been developing its robotic dogs for the past few years, with the most famous being Spot, the robotic dog that can open doors.

Later it created a smaller version of the Spot called Spot Mini, which is more agile than the original design. The robotics company is showing how a pack of Spot Mini robotic dogs can be used in a real-world situation such as when a vehicle breaks down. Companies are experimenting with how robots can do tasks that otherwise would be done by a human, such as on an assembly line, in a hospital, delivering packages or picking up garbage.

In the video, 10 robotic dogs are tied together to haul a truck in a parking lot, almost like they are pulling a sleigh. Will a robotic sleigh race be next? Maybe. But, based on the video, it seems that robots that can tow cars are closer to reality.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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