Posted October 07, 2018 06:06:08The world’s biggest robotics company is launching a $2.5 billion venture to build an affordable, highly intelligent, and high-speed autonomous underwater vehicle.
The startup, called rocky, says it will use an autonomous underwater system called “Rocky” to help rescue people trapped in hazardous environments.
The company says the vehicle will be capable of walking on water up to 5 meters deep and swimming in any direction up to 10 meters.
The rocky robot will be able to move at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour, or around 150 mph, the company says.
It will also have a swimming ability of up to 30 kilometers per minute.
The robotic vehicle will need to be able go for up to 40 days underwater without being submerged, rocky says.
The company says it has a prototype version that is currently in a testing phase.
The $2 billion startup will begin developing the rover in the second half of 2019, with a goal of releasing a fully autonomous vehicle in 2020.
The rover will be powered by a self-driving electric motor, the same as the cars currently on the market.
Rocky says it wants to build robotic explorers that can be deployed in a variety of scenarios, including underwater rescues, underwater mapping, rescue missions in remote areas, disaster relief and humanitarian relief.
The startup has already raised $150 million from several investors, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google Ventures, Fidelity Investments and Sequoia Capital.