Robotic dog Spot continues to break new ground at LKAB and is being modified and developed according to LKAB's specific requirements. One of many applications is to use Spot to assist in rescue operations and other emergencies, for example, in the event of smoke emissions under ground. Spot has already spent several days under ground since beginning work at LKAB in September. And this robotic dog is quickly learning new tricks. Working better and better in the terrain where it has been tested, Spot is learning more about our mine environment all the time. The next step is to connect Spot to LKAB's network. Then, the robot can work remotely.
Since Spot is equipped with AI technology, the robot has the ability to recognize environments, adapt to the terrain and develop patterns of movement based on situations it has previously encountered. In fact, Spot can perform tasks based on the operator's commands and find its way from point A to point B without a map reader. This means that Spot can navigate through challenging terrain, avoiding obstacles in the form of, for example, vehicles and boulders, while following an accurate compass reading. Spot creates its own image of the terrain and reads the surroundings to optimize its route. The more the robot is trained in the mine environment, the more its ability improves
Spot is similar to a real dog in many ways. Weighing in at 32.5 kilograms, the robot is more like a Doberman than a Labrador, moving dynamically and with surprising agility over the ground surface, front paws first.