Google spreads wings from search to robotics
SAN FRANCISCO: Google has bought seven robotics companies as part of a strategy to develop its own robots that can be used for warehouse, manufacturing and delivery work, the New York Times reported.
The report said that Google had placed Andy Rubin in charge. Rubin led the development of Android into the world’s most widely used smartphone software. Google has long been committed to investing resources in ambitious technology projects that are not directly related to its core search software.
Recent examples include the development of driverless cars and high-altitude balloons to provide broadband access to remote areas.
The report appeared just days after web retail giant Amazon.com detailed its plans to develop a fleet of autonomous drones.
These would be capable of deliv- ering packages weighing up to 2.5kg to customer homes within a 16km radius of its distribution centres.
Rubin compared its success to that of Google’s self-driving cars that are increasingly seen on Californian roads.
“The automated car project was science fiction when it started. Now it is coming within reach,” he said. – Sapa-dpa