This luxury carmaker is bringing humanoid robots to assembly line – ET Auto


The humanoid robots, called Apollo, will work alongside the human staff into the carmakers’ manufacturing facilities.

Global luxury carmaker Mercedes is bringing humanoid robots to help its workers in assembling car parts and inspection, as the company looks to automate some physically demanding tasks. Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Apptronik, a company that designs general purpose humanoid robots.

The humanoid robots, called Apollo, will work alongside the human staff into the carmakers’ manufacturing facilities. Apollo will also be used to deliver the totes of kitted parts later in the manufacturing process.

“Mercedes-Benz is exploring potential use cases for Apollo humanoid robots in logistics to bring parts to the production line for workers to assemble, the so-called delivery of assembly kits, while simultaneously inspecting the components,” the company said.

Apollo stands at 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, can lift 55 pounds (25 kg) and plugs itself in when it needs to take a break. It is built to operate in industrial spaces alongside people.

“Mercedes plans to use robotics and Apollo for automating some low skill, physically challenging, manual labour – a model use case which we’ll see other organisations replicate in the months and years to come,” said Jeff Cardenas, co-founder and CEO of Apollo.

The company also says that Apollo’s computing power allows leading AI companies to solve use cases outside the ones that Apptronik will initially solve.

“To build the most desirable cars we continually evolve the future of automotive production: Advancements in robotics and AI open up new opportunities also for us. We are exploring new possibilities with the use of robotics to support our skilled workforce in manufacturing,” said Jörg Burzer, a board member of management of Mercedes-Benz group.

“This is a new frontier and we want to understand the potential both for robotics and automotive manufacturing to fill labour gaps in areas such as low skill, repetitive and physically demanding work and to free up our highly skilled team members on the line to build the world’s most desirable cars,” Burzer added.

  • Published On Mar 17, 2024 at 03:50 PM IST

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