Walking through the busy terminals at an airport won’t be a stressful experience anymore. Meet Spencer, the new staff at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This cognitive, mobile robot was initiated by Sweden’s Örebro University, funded by the European Commission and Dutch airline KLM. Spencer was developed in order to decrease the number of missed flights due to passengers getting lost, but he is more than just a guide. Taller than a human, this friendly robot is programmed with an internal map of Schiphol, and equipped with two front and two rear facing visual sensors and a laser scanner to allow for constant surveillance of the airport’s surroundings.
We know how difficult is to navigate around the busy international terminals, and that is why Spencer can survey the airport by measuring the distance to temporary objects around him. Obstacles are not a problem for him. Its creators claimed Spencer will be socially-aware. He will perceive human behaviors and respond appropriately. The trial started last year on November, but the official launch of Spencer will take place on March 2016.
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