There has been growing talk in Silicon Valley about the need to develop efficient and reliable robots able to carry out a number of mundane tasks with precision. MIT Mechanical Engineering Professor, John Leonard, during an interview on Bloomberg reiterated that 2015 is the year that people should expect exciting developments on the robotics front especially from Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL).
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is already spearheading efforts on the development driverless cars that are seen as a breakthrough in the auto industry even as electric cars continue to gain traction. The professor believes it may take up to a year before the real explosion on the robotics front happens as challenges in the space continue to offer the biggest headwind.
“I think we are about halfway through the decade of robotics in Silicon Valley, I think we are five years in from when Google announced the self-driving vehicles in October 2010. With Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s robotics acquisitions last year, there is certainly this wave of momentum out there,” said Mr. Leonard.
Google has acquired eight robotics companies including Boston Dynamics and industrial Pacific as it affirms its commitments of diversifying its operations away from the search and ads business. The company has also remained secretive on its plans, on the kinds of robots that are being developed. That has not barred the industry from speculating the kind of robots that should be expected in the years to come.
“There is speculation out there that it might be for moving things around the mechanical internet of things. Automating the ability to shift things from place to place, for example, that would involve manipulation and locomotion and all the challenges in robotics,” said Mr. Leonard.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is closely watching to see whether the State of California will legalize driverless cars a move that would be of great benefit on its current push on driverless technology. Attention is also shifting to see whether regulators will approve the use of drone, a bone of contention that has seen a number of startups forced to take their technologies to other countries for testing.
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