Robot fixes railway wires – level 3

05-05-2022 07:00

In Japan, engineers made a giant humanoid robot looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. It is fixing railway wires that humans cannot reach.

JR West and two other companies developed the robot to perform tasks that are considered too high risk for humans. They designed the robot to lower the risk of electrocution and falling, and the company says that the robot reduces human labor by a third.

They mounted the robot on a crane, and an engineer controls it through a VR headset and remote controls. The robot can lift up special equipment of up to 40 kilograms in weight to a height of almost ten meters.

Currently, maintenance workers use it on out-of-reach railway contact lines in Japan. JR West expects to put it into full service by early 2024.

Difficult words: electrocution (an injury or death from electric shock), mounted (fixed), crane (a large tall machine that’s used to move heavy objects).

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