A Chinese EV startup wants to build a ridable robot unicorn for kids

Never thoughts shopping for a robot canine for your kids — you may simply get them a legendary creature as a substitute. Chinese EV maker Xpeng has teased a robot unicorn meant for youngsters to journey. As SCMP notes, the quadruped will make the most of Xpeng’s experiences with autonomous driving and different AI duties to navigate a number of terrain varieties, acknowledge objects and supply “emotional interaction.”

The company is shy on most different particulars, though the design appears and trots like a cuter, extra kid-friendly model of Boston Robotics’ Spot. It’s appropriately about as tall as a youngster. Sorry, of us, you will not prance your means to work.

This robot unicorn is nearly as legendary because the ‘actual’ factor, too. Xpeng hasn’t revealed when it expects to ship its robotic horse-with-a-horn, not to mention pricing or availability. It may not value as a lot as a $75,000 Spot, however we would anticipate one thing this subtle to value greater than the $2,900 Aibo from 2019.

To some extent, revenue is irrelevant. Xpeng chief He Xiaopeng mentioned the unicorn was a part of a broader transfer into the robotics area by profiting from the company’s present expertise. Think of this as a first step. What Xpeng learns from its unicorn could lead on to extra subtle (and hopefully adult-oriented) robots you are extra probably to purchase.

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