Two of the dog-like robots are being used by the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

July 4, 2022

1 Min Read

Boston Dynamics’s robotic dog Spot is helping out the Massachusetts State Police at pre-celebration prep for this year’s July Fourth fireworks on the Boston Esplanade.

The quadruped bot is also joined by another robotic dog, Roscoe, as the two work with the state police’s bomb squad. They were seen in use at the Charles River Esplanade during safety preparations on Friday. 

The dogs will be used to monitor and identify potentially hazardous items such as bombs, and provide live video footage of suspicious situations and activity. The bots were designed for inspection purposes in a multitude of terrains, capable of climbing stairs, bending down and climbing back up if they fall. 

This year is the first July Fourth celebration since the pandemic, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to be in attendance. As a result, safety precautions are tight and the state police have issued a statement banning weapons, alcohol, backpacks and privately owned drones. 

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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