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As we wait for a future where cars autonomously park themselves after they have transported us around, it is currently possible to get your car parked by a giant robot. Automated parking towers are able to store a vast number of cars very efficiently (saving time and space). These towers often function completely autonomously and are […]

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At RobotShop, we’re lucky enough to see hexapod robots every day, but sometimes there are some hexapods which are more impressive than others. We recently discovered “Mantis”, a 2.8m tall, two ton hexapod vehicle created by Micromagic Systems. The project took four years to create, and as you can see in the video below, the […]

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Mantis Giant Hexapod

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The Japanese did it again. This time they are fulfilling the dream of pretty much any robotic geek: to have your own functional giant Battle Mech that can be piloted by a grown adult and used to cruise through the city and defeat all your arch-enemies. Suidobashi heavy industry developed the Kuratas, the first giant […]

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Muratas Ride-in Giant Robot

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The giant Internet retailer Amazon announced earlier this week the acquisition of Kiva Systems, the creators of a ground-breaking robotic order fulfillment system. The transaction will amount to a whooping 775 M$. See the video below to have a better understanding of why Amazon believes this robotic company is worth so much to them. This must be one of the biggest acquisitions in […]

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Volvo keeps innovating with their safety and autonomous driving technology. We remember the autonomous urban trains from some time ago, now they have developed what they call “City Safety Technology” for their 2011 S60 This technology basically monitors the car’s surroundings and applies the brakes should another car or a pedestrian be in its way. This promises to […]

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Volvo is testing their new Safe Road Trains for the Environment, which basically means, cars that drive autonomously. The system is intended to be used on highways where a lead (human driven) truck will be followed by autonomously driven cars. The cars will receive instructions derived from the way the truck is driven and will be able to […]

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SaRTrE Volvo Auto Train

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The MadeInGermany (MIG) car was developed by researchers from the Freie Universität Berlin. The Modified Volkswagen Passat uses, LiDAR, Radar, cameras, GPS and more to navigate the streets of Berlin autonomously. In the system demoed below, a human used an iPad to summon the autonomous Taxi Cab to his current location. Once the taxi arrives, he can use the iPad to tell the […]

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Knight Rider

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Google, the ubiquitous Internet giant, is leaning more and more towards robotics. Google’s interest in robotics started with the clever naming of their Android cell phones, and continued with their acquisition of several UAVs. Now, they are road testing fully autonomous cars. These cars can navigate a urban environment 99% of the time without needing human intervention. […]

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Google is Skynet