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The Boston Dynamics robot dog sets out to work at Ford in August. The automobile company is leasing two of the four-legged robots, nicknamed Fluffy and Spot, to represent its Van Dyke manufacturing facility in Michigan.

"We plan and build the plant. After that, changes are made over the years that are rarely documented," said Mark Goderis, Ford's Digital Engineering Manager, in a press release on Sunday. "Scanning a plant can take two weeks. With Fluffy's help, we can do it in half the time."

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Fluffy and Spot are equipped with five cameras and a laser scanner. The two dog-like robots roam the plant at a speed of 5 km / h for up to two hours to help the engineers collect data about the plant.

Scanning Ford's facilities is not Spot's first job. The Boston Dynamics robot has also helped doctors screen coronavirus patients, remind people to follow social distance protocols in public parks, guard sheep, and pull rickshaw on former MythBusters host Adan Savage.


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