New Robotic Dog Herds Sheep In New Zealand

An American engineering firm has teamed up with a New Zealand software company to test a robotic dog’s ability to herd sheep.

Rocos began using Spot, a robotic dog developed by Boston Dynamics, to herd sheep on New Zealand farms.

Rocos has mentioned that a benefit is that Spot can be remotely controlled as it herds sheep from dangerous and difficult mountain terrains.

“The age of autonomous robots is upon us. Our customers are augmenting their human workforces to automate physical processes that are often dull, dirty, or dangerous. Organizations can now design, schedule, and manage inspection missions remotely,” Rocos CEO, David Ingss said.

Boston Dynamics has said that this new partnership with Rocos is allowing them to explore different avenues with their robots. “We’re excited to Rocos enabling key features for Spot and our industry partners. The industry applications we’re exploring with Rocos will see this important technology create new efficiencies for businesses around the world,” Boston Dynamics, Vice President of Business Development, Michael Perry said.