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Ford’s new companions: robot dogs

Powered by Boston Dynamics, Ford has been utilising robot dogs to prowl around their Van Dyke Transmission Plant, to assist with operations, of course. Ford seldom needs to scan its plants because they get updated and changed often without documentation. This makes an absolutely new engineering model necessary, in order to work off when retooling. Their previous method of going about that was reportedly expensive, costing nearly $300,000 to scan a whole facility. The two dogs, named Fluffy and Spot, are there to laser scan the plant so engineers can be prepared to retool it in the future. Ford is able to send the two dogs out into the plant and control them with remote controls. The automaker says the eerie little fellows make it half as tedious and time-consuming to scan and document the entire floor layout.

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