12.Dec .2020 23:00

Hyundai Has Bought Robot Maker Boston Dynamics From SoftBank in a $1.1 Billion Deal

Hyundai Has Bought Robot Maker Boston Dynamics From SoftBank in a $1.1 Billion Deal
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Hyundai has agreed to buy an 80% stake in robot maker Boston Dynamics from SoftBank, the South Korean automaker said Friday - Business Insider reports.
 
The deal values the robot firm at $1.1 billion, Hyundai said, suggesting it offered $880 million for the 80% stake.
 
Boston Dynamics is best known for its robot dog, Spot, which went viral.
 
Hyundai can leverage robot technology to expand automation at its unionized car factories, as well as design autonomous vehicles like self-driving cars, drones, and delivery robots, analysts said.
 
The new stake comes after the newly promoted Hyundai Motor Group chairman, Euisun Chung, pledged to reduce reliance on traditional car manufacturing, saying car-making would only make up half of the company's future business. Urban air mobility would account for 30%, followed by robotics at 20%.
 
Chung will own a 20% stake in Boston Dynamics, while Hyundai Motor and its affiliates, Hyundai Mobis and Hyundai Glovis, will hold a combined 60% stake.
 
"The transaction will unite capabilities of Hyundai Motor Group and Boston Dynamics to spearhead innovation in future mobility," Chung said in a statement.
 
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