Boston Dynamics Robotics Unit Up for Sale

Published by , March 20, 2016 11:24 pm

(Forbes) Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has put Boston Dynamics robotics unit up for sale, according to Bloomberg News. An Alphabet spokesperson declined to comment.  Bloomberg’s report said potential buyers included a unit of Toyota Motors and Amazon, which uses robotics in its distribution facilities. It also said that Alphabet had become sensitive to the reputation hit Google might take for its work on human-looking robots, which many people have found spooky.
The decision to put the unit up for sale follows internal strife among various robotics groups inside Alphabet. Specifically, Alphabet’s top brass grew concerned that the Boston Dynamics unit might be years away from building products it could commercialize.

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