Hyundai reportedly wants Boston Dynamics, maker of everyone’s favorite robot dog – Roadshow

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Robotic canine and automakers… 2020 is bizarre.

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Discuss a curveball. Korean automaker Hyundai is reportedly in talks with Boston Dynamics to purchase the robotics firm from Japan’s SoftBank, Bloomberg reported Monday. Boston Dynamics is finest recognized for constructing the world’s most well-known robot dog, a machine named Spot.

SoftBank and Hyundai reportedly stays in discussions to promote the corporate, spun out of MIT in 1992, in response to the publication’s sources. The deal is way from remaining however may very well be value as much as $1 billion, if issues progress in a constructive style. Neither Hyundai nor Boston Dynamics instantly returned a request for touch upon the report.

What on the earth could Hyundai need Boston Dynamics for? Nicely, the automaker does construct robots now car meeting strains. That is essentially the most sensible reply. However, Hyundai additionally signaled it is focused on bringing “walking cars” to life. These mobility robots first got here to life again at CES 2019 the place Hyundai showed the Elevate concept. The entire concept is the automobile contains the power to sprout legs when wanted to achieve hard-to-maneuver areas. Hyundai particularly thinks these “final mobility autos” may very well be a boon for rescue groups. They’re additionally type of freaky trying in conceptual drawings.

These are the machines Hyundai imagines.


If there’s an organization that would present useful analysis into this type of idea, Boston Dynamics looks as if the one. Hyundai arrange a devoted design studio for these strolling automobiles again in September, however maybe the robotic firm will assist form future mobility options, if a deal closes.

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