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by leveraging its data analytics, simulations and modeling technologies used in
Formula 1 racing. Those technologies,
named Atlas, collect information from
the 400-500 sensors aboard an F1
race car and process it hundreds of
times per second, enabling race team
officials to make near-real-time decisions about a car during a race. About
a decade ago, the company founded
a new technical solutions business
around Atlas, to bring its value to
other industries, says Adam Hill, chief
medical officer at McLaren Applied
Technologies. Hill says, McLaren was
approached by Pfizer Inc., which needed
a way to measure, visualize, interpret
and drive decisions from human trials
data. In 2011 McLaren started working
with GlaxoSmithKline, its "next most
prominent relationship," he says.
"Today we have a fourth generation
of that highly configurable prototyping
platform" for testing the effectiveness
of a drug or a device, in a defined period
of time and with a defined outcome,
"in a scalable fashion," Hill explains.
"It has supported different clinical
trials with a number of different pharmaceutical companies."

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Robotics Looms Large
A key tool in both manufacturing
vehicles and making them self-driving
is robotics, and automakers are sharing
their know-how here, too.
"There are a number of industries
that are heading down the robotics
route," says Land Rover's Harper.
"Automotive robotics is the direction of
autonomy that helps enhance human
performance. If you think about what
that might do in terms of dissolving
some of the boundaries between sectors
that we think are currently unrelated,
then that gives you a clue as to where
the opportunities are."
General Motors collaborated with
NASA's Johnson Space Center in 2007
on a robot named Robonaut 2 to help
astronauts at the International Space
Station orbiting Earth. A team of seven
GM engineers were in-residence at the
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Land Rover has allied with the Ben
Ainslie Racing team in the 2016
America's Cup sailboat races.

Project BLAID developed
a mobility wearable

General Motors collaborated with
NASA on Robonaut 2

JSC in Houston until their work was
completed in 2009, and Robonaut 2
was transported to outer space in 2011,
aboard a Space Shuttle.
"NASA has continued on without us,
looking at other versions of Robonaut,
and going off in their space, no pun
intended," says Marty Linn, principal
engineer of robotics and manager of
advanced automation technologies at the
General Motors Technology Center and
the leader of GM's Robonaut 2 team.
Then on its own, GM turned to
adapting the idea of Robonaut 2 and
its technologies in new "collaborative
robots" for its vehicle assembly plants,
Linn says. A related concept was taking
the actuation system from Robonaut
2 - the motors, controls, the ball
screws, the gears...that make the fingers
of this robot work - and adapt it to a
wearable robot, integrated into a glove
that allows the user to get additional
grasp strength.
After searching for a partner to make
the RoboGlove for it, GM hooked up
with Bioservo Technologies AB of
Sweden, a leader in the field of robotic
gloves, he says. Bioservo describes the
category as "wearable technologies
based on soft robotics" and sells its
SEM (Soft Extra Muscle) Glove in
Europe, North America and Japan, for
use by anyone who has a weak hand
due to illness, injury, stroke or old age.
In July, GM and Bioservo announced a
licensing agreement, where Bioservo will
combine aspects of its SEM Glove technology with aspects of RoboGlove, and
sell the new creation as its own
product. But first, the Swedish
manufacturer will incorporate
the combined technologies in
new industrial robotic gloves that GM
will issue to workers in its manufacturing
plants. The goal is to reduce the amount
of force those workers exert with their
hands, to curb repetitive stress injuries.
According to Linn, the RoboGlove technology gives the user an additional 20
pounds of hand strength. GM expects to
test the first prototypes early next year,
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