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Sanctuary AI's Humanoid Robot Pilots at Magna

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Sanctuary AI, a Canadian robotics company, has announced a thrilling partnership with Magna, a leading European car manufacturer.


The deal will see Sanctuary AI's humanoid robot, Phoenix, deployed in one of Magna's automotive manufacturing facilities.


Magna is a titan in the European automotive industry, producing and assembling cars for prestigious brands such as Mercedes, Jaguar, and BMW. The specifics of the deal, including the number of Phoenix robots to be deployed, are being kept under wraps. However, the announcement follows a trend of automakers exploring the use of humanoid robots in their operations, with similar pilot programs announced by Figure, Apptronik, and Agility.


 

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Phoenix is not Sanctuary AI's first foray into humanoid robots, but it is their first model designed to walk on legs. Standing at a standard human height of 5'7" and weighing 155 pounds, Phoenix is designed with dexterous hands, a feature that will be crucial if the robot is to perform tasks beyond moving objects around.


The pilot program is described by Sanctuary AI as a "multi-disciplinary assessment" aimed at improving the cost and scalability of robots using Magna's automotive product portfolio, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities.


While this pilot program is an exciting development, it's important to remember that it is just that - a pilot. The true validation of Phoenix's form factor and systems will come later, depending on the return on investment (ROI) that Magna sees from this deployment. Watch this space, as the future of robotics in the automotive industry takes shape!



 

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