Carmakers are exploring new forms of mobility, some with robots

As of December, however, some automakers and auto chipmakers, hope to take advantage of the pandemic to redouble their long-term innovation strategy even when their R&D budgets are kept at the same level for a couple of years. In many cases, automakers are moving to a broader mission than one of making cars; some want to expand to other forms of mobility, including with robots.

Friday’s announcement by South Korean automaker Hyundai to buy an 80% stake in robotics maker Boston Dynamics from SoftBank offers a case in point.  SoftBank had bought the robotics company from Google in 2013 after the company was spun out from MIT in 1992.