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Friday, March 03, 2023

Autonomous Ground Robot Helps Firefighters in Enclosed Spaces

Note the number of integrated sensors

Autonomous Ground Robot Helps Firefighters in Enclosed Spaces

Interesting Engineering

By Nergis Firtina, February 21, 2023

Researchers at Spain's Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Universidad Aut├│noma de Madrid developed an autonomous ground robot to help firefighters plan safe access routes to affected areas of a building and assist with evacuations. The robot is equipped with sensors to collect temperature, humidity, and air quality data and to identify its position and those of other objects. That data is stored in a database accessible through a smartphone app. Researcher Noelia Fern├índez Talavera said the robot’s evacuation mode "uses the prior knowledge of the scene to compute the shortest path from the current position to the target one. This target position can be the exit of the building or the location of a victim, among other things." ... ' 

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