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Mercedes is trialing humanoid robots for ‘low skill, repetitive’ tasks

Apptronik’s Apollo robot carrying a blue crate in a Mercedes factory.
Mercedes also eventually plans to assess how Apollo handles delivering totes of kitted parts. | Image: Apptronik

Mercedes-Benz is the latest automotive company to trial how humanoid robots could be used to automate “low skill, physically challenging, manual labor.” On Friday, robotics company Apptronik announced it had entered into a commercial agreement with Mercedes to pilot how “highly advanced robotics” like Apollo — Apptronik’s 160-pound bipedal robot — can be used in manufacturing. The news follows a similar pilot announced by BMW in January.

Apptronik says that Mercedes is exploring use cases like having Apollo inspect and deliver components to human production line workers. Neither company has disclosed any figures for the agreement or how many Apollo robots are being trialed.

According to Apptronik, humanoid robots would allow vehicle…

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