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A Chinese EV startup wants to build a ridable robot unicorn for kids

Never mind buying a robot dog for your babies — you might just get them a mythical creature instead. Chinese EV maker Xpeng has teased a robot unicorn represented for children to razz. As SCMPnotes, the quadruped will take advantage of Xpeng’s events with autonomous driving and other AI tasks to navigate multiple terrain types, recognize objectives and support “emotional interaction.”

The company is reticent on most other details, although the specific characteristics gazes and scampers like a cuter, more kid-friendly version of Boston Robotics’ Spot. It’s appropriately about as towering as a child. Sorry, kinfolks, you won’t dance your lane to work.

This robot unicorn is just about as imaginary as the’ real’ thing, more. Xpeng hasn’t disclosed when it expects to deliver its robotic horse-with-a-horn, let alone pricing or accessibility. It might not expense as much as a $75,000 Spot, but we’d expect something this sophisticated to cost more than the $2,900 Aibo from 2019.

To some extent, profit is beside the point. Xpeng chief He Xiaopeng said the unicorn was part of a broader move into the robotics opening by taking advantage of the company’s existing engineering. Think of this as a first step. What Xpeng learns from its unicorn could lead to more sophisticated( and hopefully adult-oriented) robots you’re more likely to buy.

Read more: engadget.com

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