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#Robots are bumping up against safety standards say experts at #ICRW2014 @RethinkRobotics

#Robots are bumping up against safety standards say experts at #ICRW2014 @RethinkRobotics

SAN JOSE, Calif. — An army of more user-friendly robots is headed for the factory floor, but they may have to climb over cumbersome safety regulations, according to two pioneers in the field speaking at a workshop here . “There’s a big market for automating small companies,” said Esben Ostergaard, chief technologist at Universal Robots, a Danish company now selling as many as 150 robots a month. Safety regulations that demand multi-page risk assessments and complex danger mitigation schemes threaten progress, he said. He compared today’s safety standards to an 1861 law in England that required all cars to have a person walk in front of them carrying a red flag. An 1861 English law required a flagman to walk ahead of a car. “We can’t have systems that are so safe they are useless,” he said, noting existing and pending ISO standards. “Our take on safety is it’s a moving targ...

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