The French army decided to test the effectiveness of the use of drones and robots on the battlefield in conjunction with the infantry. To do this, together with the troops in urban, night and day battles, Spot robots from Boston Dinamics, a tracked OPTIO-X20 with an automatic cannon, an ULTRO robot mule for transporting goods and a Barakuda drone with a fixed shield were used.
Boston Dynamics itself did not know the robot was being used in training. The company is opposed when their robots harm people and is still thinking about the ethical assessment of the actions of the French military. The robot came to them thanks to the local supplier Shark Robotics, and not directly from Boston Dynamics. Spot only carried out reconnaissance of the area.
The military notes that it was safer to operate with robots, but the operations were slower. One of the soldiers noted that without the robot he died during the exercises, and with it he was able to survive. One of the problems was the autonomy of the Spot – the robot quickly sat down and had to look for a charge.
The Spot is a very handy reconnaissance robot – it is light, small and has four legs instead of a chassis, which allows you to climb into a wide variety of places.