BMW enlists the services of a humanoid remote control at its large factory.
The startup company in the field of robotics Figure stated that he signed cooperation with BMW in order to introduce the humanoid robot of the German automaker’s production facilities in the US. And this is just one more confirmation of a trend that more and more companies want to turn to human-like robots to undertake specific tasks.
This decision marks the first commercial agreement signed by Figure since its inception in 2022. While the company did not disclose how many robots BMW will use, the partnership will start with small quantities and expand if performance goals are met, according to Figure CEO Brett Adcock.
Figure’s humanoid robots will be introduced at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolinathe largest auto export facility in the US, which currently employs 11.000 individuals.
Excited to announce that Figure has signed a commercial agreement with BMW 🤝
We will deploy our general purpose robots into automotive manufacturing environments.
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— Figure (@Figure_robot) January 18, 2024
As announced, robots will be integrated into manufacturing processes, including paint and bodywork department as well as on warehouses of units within the next 12 to 24 months, having previously been trained to perform specific tasks.
“We have designed the robot to be safe around people. Working with BMW on automation in a production facility is something very important for us and our endeavour.”said Brett Adcock.
It is worth remembering that Tesla continues development of its own humanoid robotknown as Optimus, even recently presenting its latest version. In fact, the CEO of the American company Elon Musk has predicted that 1 billion humanoid robots will develop on planet Earth in the 2040s.