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Boston Dynamics Dog Robot Learns New Tricks on BP Oil Rig

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The "Spot" robot.

Boston Dynamics dog-like robot Spot is learning new tricks.

Credit: Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics is programming its "Spot" dog robot to read gauges, look for corrosion, construct maps, and detect methane leaks, now that it is working on a British Petroleum (BP) oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP's Adam Ballard said Spot's observational functions will improve the safety of rig operations by reducing the need for personnel.

He said, "We believe a lot of that up-front, remote work preparation can be done with a remotely controlled robot ... being able to pan, tilt, zoom, and really understand the entire area in real conditions, real time."

BP hopes to expand Spot's data-gathering capability in the future to enhance areas where humans are limited.

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