Robotic Inspiration


Every day, manufacturers like Ford are looking for a way to make their cars smarter.  GPS, hands-free, and voice-activated control are just a few of the ideas made in this direction.  So where do Ford engineers look for future insights into their vehicles?  The answer might just escape out atmosphere.


Ford Motor Company announced last week that it would be joining a venture with St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in the pursuit of studying how robots communicate in space.  Originally reported in an article in Forbes, engineers hope that by studying space robots, they’ll be able to more completely create a vehicle network which will improve commuter safety and functionality.


Sounds fake?  Think again.  Technologies from tires to paraplegic automobiles have been derived from space-faring technology, and robotic communications could simply be the latest piece in this trend.  The reason why Ford is so interested in these robots is not necessarily because of their high-tech nature, but rather because of their redundancy systems.


An automobile network on the earth would have to be at least as reliable as a space system in order to be viable, thus the high-redundancy systems used on spaceships and specifically space robots provide an ideal platform to study further information from.  Whether you’ll get a HAL 9000 in your Ford Escape, however, is yet to be seen.


Jorge Presbury is a writer for Fusion 360 Agency.  He writes digital content for several clients, including Henry Day Ford.


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