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Spot, the company’s four-legged robot Boston Dynamics, appeared on Wednesday (6) alongside French soldiers during military exercises.

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A series of images, shared on Twitter French military school (Saint-Cyr Special Military School), it demonstrates what the incorporation of machines should be like in war matters.

Ao The Verge, Boston Dynamics vice president of business development Michael Perry said the robot was supplied by a European distributor, Shark Robotics, and that the US company has not been notified in advance of its use. “We are discovering this with you (The Verge)”Says Perry. “We have no information on how the tests went.”

During the two-day test, West France says the tests were performed using only humans and then using humans and robots together to assess the difference.

However, the robots delayed operations, but helped to keep troops safe. “During the urban combat phase when we were not using robots, I died. But I didn’t die when we asked the robot to do a reconnaissance first, “said one soldier. They added that one problem was the Spot’s battery life: it apparently ran out of power during an exercise and had to be put aside.

In addition to Spot, other machines tested by the French military included OPTIO-X20, a remote control vehicle with an automotive tank and cannon track built by the Estonian company Milrem Robotics; ULTRO, a “robot mule” with wheels designed to carry equipment manufactured by the French state-owned military company Nexter; and Barakuda, a drone with multipurpose wheels that can provide mobile coverage for soldiers with coupled armored lining.

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