It seems technology has advanced more than some of us may have been inclined to believe as the Audi Robotic Telepresence (ART) seen here is basically a robot designed to provide assistance to a mechanic while repairing a vehicle. Volkswagen’s premium subsidiary is experimenting these days with telepresence robots which are programmed to provide on-site assistance to mechanics for repair jobs.
These robots are remotely controlled by highly skilled technicians who provide the necessary training. This is more than just for show as the technology has already been implemented at 18 Audi dealerships and the company plans on expanding that number to 100. Several years from now, perhaps many of Audi’s repair shops will include a robot to help out fix your car.
It should be mentioned that the Audi Robotic Telepresence is not conducting any physical labor yet since it doesn’t have any arms. ART features several cameras, a remote-controlled stand, speakers and a microphone and it’s operated remotely by technical field managers and technical assistance consultants who talk to mechanics and provide aid as far as remotely diagnosing the car’s issues. To access small crevices, the robot boasts a handheld camera and borescope to visualize harder to access areas.
Audi Robotic Telepresence was primarily designed to help out mechanics and reduce the time necessary to fix a car’s technical problems. It also provides assistance between Audi’s workforce and maybe sometime in the future ART will also do some actual repair work.