Subaru: From the Outback to Minefields

RobotWhile other automotive companies have focused on the development of crowd pleasing, dancing, humanoid, soccer playing robots the Japanese car company Subaru has focused its efforts in a more down to earth application. Subaru’s (a division of Fuji Heavy Industries) cutting edge robotics development team has moved their “mine-clearing” robot into testing. The tests are not what you would ordinarily expect; these tests involve real minefields, specifically those left in Croatia from the devastating Balkans wars of the 1990’s.

This robot hopes to not only make the land and land mine clearing more safe but also more economical with the current price tag of clearing a 15,000 square meter field estimated at roughly $30,000 US.

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