Boston Dynamics Spot Robot French Army
Photo credit: Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan
École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, the French army’s military school, tested Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot in a few exercises: an offensive maneuver taking place at a crossroads, a defensive mission during both day / night, and an urban-combat scenario. These exercise were performed twice by four students, once without the robots and another with them. They were testing to see if the robots offered some benefits in reconnaissance, with a student saying it saved them at least once. Read more for a video.

This particular Spot robot was loaned to the French military by France-based Shark Robotics, as Boston Dynamics’ vice president of business development, Michael Perry, says that their company had strict rules from weaponizing the robot. One downside was that the robot slowed down the students, and in one scenario, Spot’s battery even died in the middle of combat.

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