Google’s Robotics Group to Be Folded into the Google X Experimental Labs

Published by , December 21, 2015 11:20 am

(Business Insider) — Google’s robotics group, known internally as Replicant, will be folded into the Google X experimental labs, in what appears to be a reboot of one of the company’s most ambitious, but unfocused, efforts. Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone group that Google acquired in 2014, will also become part of Google X, a company spokesperson has announced. One big question is whether the various robotics experts from the companies that Google acquired, including Boston Dynamics and Redwood Robotics, will hang around.

Google X is the secretive lab in charge of developing “moonshots” such as self-driving cars and airborne wind turbines. It operates as a standalone company under the umbrella of parent company Alphabet, following Google’s restructuring earlier this year.

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