It’s not Black Mirror, just DB Cargo testing robot dogs

Image: Deutsche Bahn AG/Stefan Wildhirt

Citizens of the Mainz-Bischofsheim area, in Western Germany, might see a dog-like robot walking around DB Cargo’s maintenance facility. Despite looking like the ones attacking people in the Black Mirror episode ‘Metalhead’, this one has a much less threatening purpose. The robot, called Spot, is being tested for locating freight wagons and inspecting wheelset shafts.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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