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Android testing has begun at the Mercedes plant


Automaker Mercedes has begun studying the ability of Apptronik's Apollo robots to perform routine tasks on production lines. The partners told TechCrunch about this .

The companies are jointly testing various uses for androids, including the Apollo robot inspecting and delivering parts to employees. According to the manufacturer, Apollo is 172 cm tall. It can lift objects weighing up to 25 kg, and its battery charge lasts for four hours.

Apollo's computing power allows third-party artificial intelligence companies to add new functionality to it. According to representatives of Apptronik, androids will allow enterprises to automate production tasks without redevelopment of existing enterprises.

The company says its approach "aims to delegate to machinery some of the physically demanding, repetitive and routine tasks for which reliable workers are increasingly difficult to find."

“This is a new frontier. We want to understand the technology's potential for the automotive industry. This will make up for the shortage of labor for labor-intensive tasks and relieve the workload of our highly qualified employees,” said Mercedes production manager Jörg Burzer.

Neither company disclosed the deal amount or the number of Apollo robots being tested. According to TechCrunch, the number of mechanical assistants is small, given the pilot testing phase. 

Recall that in February, Android maker Figure raised $675 million from Jeff Bezos, Microsoft, Nvidia, Amazon, Intel, LG, Samsung and OpenAI.

The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into business operations marks a transformative era, enhancing efficiency and innovation across industries. From revolutionizing HR with automated recruitment to aiding early disease detection in healthcare, AI's impact is profound. It enables predictive cybersecurity, personalized customer interactions, and accelerated software development in IT. 

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In this issue we looked at the drivers and bright trends in retail. AI will undoubtedly be the leader among technologies for several years ahead in retail, and in the economy in general. Its emergence in wide access has opened up incredible opportunities for improving business efficiency.

“Before the automation introduction, the process was complicated by the fact that the address system was stationary, not dynamic. We could not automate serial and batch accounting of products. It was not possible to automate the warehouse replenishment processes, both planned and on order. The accounting system did not reflect all goods movements,” says Alexander Permyakov, head of the warehouse complex.

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