Porsche’s assembly line robot can feel when humans are near

Car-making robots are powerful and dangerous machines, so there are always safety barriers separating them from factory workers.

Now Porsche is pioneering a new generation of robot, one that can work side-by-side with humans. It’s a car industry first, according to executive Jens Thomer.

“People and robots will co-operate,” says the director of vehicle project and factory structure planning, to build car bodies in Porsche’s main factory at Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart

The new robot’s metal muscles wear a sensitive skin. Using capacitive sensing, the skin can feel when a human is nearby or makes contact. The robot slows when it senses it’s close to a worker and stops if they touch Read more.

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