Chinese EV Maker XPeng Is Creating a Rideable Robot Unicorn

Coming with AI technology to navigate through obstacles and terrain.

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Chinese electric vehicle maker XPeng has now unveiled its latest creation: a robot unicorn.

A brainchild of the automaker’s robotics branch, the new concept has taken Boston Dynamics‘ robot dog Spot one step further to re-create a robotic iteration of the mythical creature. The robot will be rideable for children and uses a host of AI technologies previously developed for the company’s vehicles to allow for autonomous “prancing,” giving it the ability to recognize and track different objects, navigate through obstacles and terrain, and even provide kids with what it calls “emotional interaction.”

There’s currently no release date or pricing details for the robot unicorn at the moment. Most of the trailer above shows renderings of the machine instead of a physical sample, so it could be possible that — much like many other tech research projects — the product never actually comes to market, but XPeng’s CEO He Xiaopeng says that the project represents a broader move into the robotics industry which, at the same time, is able to utilize many of the company’s existing technologies.

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