Firefighting robot being developed in Florida

  • Source: WEAR-TV ABC 3 Pensacola
  • Published: 07/17/2017 12:00 AM

About 100 firefighters are killed in the line of duty every year. A robot being developed at Pensacola's groundbreaking Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) might one day save lives. Researchers at IHMC are specifically working on a robot that could fight fires on ships. Research Associate John Carff said, "When you're on a ship, there's a good chance if you're a firefighter in there fighting a fire you could get a hatch closed behind you and you're going to be stuck in a ship that's sinking." IHMC won the use of the robot, named Atlas, through a series of challenge competitions where robots assist in disaster recovery scenarios. Now they're taking it up another level with some help from the Pensacola Fire Department.


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