Robot Champions Are Using Italy as a Training Ground for Nuclear Disaster Aid

Monday, 11 September 2017 - 11:23AM
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Monday, 11 September 2017 - 11:23AM
Robot Champions Are Using Italy as a Training Ground for Nuclear Disaster Aid
Image credit: euRathlon

If you have ever watched Battlebots, then you know the raw mechanical power and excitement of pitting two robots against each other in brutal competition. From flamethrowers to buzzing saws, there is a seemingly endless array of mechanisms designed to destroy things. However, from September 17th to 25th, in an upcoming competition dubbed "euRathlon", the world's leading robot champions will gather in Tuscany, Italy to prove that they can save lives.

Here, teams from 21 different countries will present their robots, which are designed to overcome the challenges of serving as aid in the event of a nuclear disaster—we're somberly reminded by the video that this competition is "inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident." Fittingly, the town that the competition is taking place in will become a simulated disaster zone. As robots still continue to struggle with the clean-up of Fukushima, researchers and engineers are going to be testing new strategies to deal with similar accidents, which, from Chernobyl to Three-Mile Island, are frighteningly common.

The event is open to the public, so if you want to see robots take on intense challenges on land, sea, and air, then make your way to the scenic, Italian destination and watch some of the most impressive robots in the world.


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