Ford announced that it will use Spot Robots, created by Boston Dynamics, in order to assess its Michigan manufacturing facility. The two Spot Robots that will be used are named Fluffy and Spot, and both have five cameras to complete 360-degree scans. The scans will help the company map the facility and provide engineers with updated models. The robots will have a Chandler, however in the future could be remotely controlled.
Previously Ford used tripods to map the facility, however, the use of robots can streamline the process. Mark Goderis, the digital engineering manager for the automotive company, spoke about the new process, "Scanning one plant could take two weeks. With Fluffy’s help, we are able to do it in half the time.”
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